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Bowmore whiskies break auction forecasts

A trio of Bowmore whiskies – including a bottle of Bowmore 35 Years Old 1964 – each broke their pre-sale estimates during a Bonhams auction in Paris.

Bowmore 35 1964 whisky
Bowmore 35 Years Old 1964 went under the hammer

Bonhams held its Cornette de Saint Cyr’s Whisky et Spiritueux d’Exception sale in Paris on 6 December.

The 35-year-old bottling had been forecast to sell for between €16,000-€20,000 (US$16,900-US$21,130). The winning bid closed at €20,740 (US$21,907).

A bottle of Bowmore 1964 was snapped up for €10,980 (US$11,600), higher than its €9,000 (US$9,500) top estimate.

Furthermore, a bottle of Bowmore 1956 fetched €10,370 (US$10,955), slightly above its €10,000 (US$10,564) top pre-sale forecast.

Diego Lanza, Bonhams senior whisky specialist, said: “The Bowmore 35-year-old 1964 was very rare and special, so it was not surprising that it became the most sought-after bottle of the day.

“Collectors were also eager to snap up the chance to acquire a bottle of Aberfeldy the Gold of Pitilie 28-year-old 1985, which is very rarely available at auction.”

The sale comprised 227 lots in total.

Auctioneer Bonhams held its inaugural spirits sale in Paris in May this year. Key lots from the sale included a 12-year-old Springbank and a bottle of Longmorn 1974, created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Samaroli.

This year also saw Bonhams auction a selection of rare Japanese whiskies, including a bottle of Yamazaki 50-Year-Old First Release.

Furthermore, in May Bonhams held its first NFT whisky auction, featuring a bottle of 72-year-old Glen Grant Scotch whisky.

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