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Sotheby’s to auction rare Scotch whiskies for charity

Auctioneer Sotheby’s has entered a six-year partnership with The Distillers’ Charity to sell whiskies to support disadvantaged young Scottish people.

The Distillers One of One is an auction series hosted by Sotheby’s and The Distillers’ Charity

The partnership will host three charity auctions – one every other year for the next six years – of rare Scotch whiskies and experiences to raise funds.

Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine and Spirits, said: “Working closely with The Distillers’ Charity and The Worshipful Company of Distillers, we will harness our knowledge and expertise in hosting auctions to create a regular series of sales that will not only shine a light on the Scotch whisky industry but also raise valuable funds to support disadvantaged young people in Scotland.”

The series is called The Distillers One of One, with the first auction comprising unique lots created and donated by Scotch whisky distilleries. With over 40 lots up for auction, the whiskies are expected to fetch up to £250,000 (US$346,383). The charity event will take place at Barnbougle Castle, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, on 3 December 2021.

Proceeds from the auction will contribute to a fund set up by The Distillers’ Charity, focused on helping disadvantaged young people in Scotland by ‘transforming their life chances and empowering them to create positive change’.

The initiative also involves the The Distillers’ Charity’s partner, The Prince’s Foundation, which offers training programmes to provide opportunities to young people to develop their skills.

Jonathan Driver, master elect of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, said: “Our ties with the Scotch whisky industry have been invaluable in creating this landmark sale, and the generosity shown has been overwhelming.

“Across the spectrum of the industry from independents to family-owned and global companies, we have come together in a collective endeavour to support the youth of today in Scotland through practical training and education. We are also delighted to have Sotheby’s on board to help with our philanthropic mission which will have far-reaching benefits for decades to come.”

In October, The Dalmore will place its  No. 6 Collection of rare Scotch whiskies up for auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, with a portion of the proceeds going to the nonprofit V&A Dundee.

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