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Bonhams hails ‘successful year’ for whisky sales

Auction house Bonhams has recorded its “most successful year ever” for whisky, with total sales reaching £919,000 (US$1.2m).

The Dalmore and The Macallan topped Bonham’s whisky auctions in 2017

The company, which held its first whisky sale in 2008, holds four sales a year at its Edinburgh office as well as four sales in Hong Kong, including its first-ever online only sale.

Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh, Martin Green said: “2017 has been a bumper year for Bonhams whisky sales in Scotland. Since we started selling whisky at auction in 2008, the market has grown steadily year on year, but 2017 has been exceptional.

“We are undoubtedly benefitting from the global interest in collecting whiskies which is now very much an international pursuit. We have regular bidders from all over the world, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore Japan and Taiwan, all the countries of mainland Europe, north and south America as well, of course, as Scotland and the rest of the UK”

Auctions in 2017 included the sale of The Dalmore 50 year old 1926 which sold for £26,250, and The Bowmore Trilogy: Black Bowmore 42-year-old 1964, Gold Bowmore 44-year-old 1964, White Bowmore 43-year-old 1964, which sold for £25,000 in December.
Also toppling the list was The Macallan Millennium Decanter 50-year-old 1949, which sold for £21,250 in June, and The Macallan Select Reserve 25-year-old 1946, which sold for £15,625 in October.

Highlights of Bonhams Hong Kong include a bottle of The Macallan 50-year-old 1928 sold for HKD 588,000 in November, and a complete set of The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection sold for HK$3,797,500 (US$485,244) in August.

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