Whisky collection sells for $9.1m at auction

A set comprised of 3,900 bottles of whisky has become the highest value private collection sold at auction from a single collector – with a bottle of The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare setting a new record at US$1.4 million. ‘The Perfect Collection’, which contains more than 3,900 bottles of mostly single malt Scotch, has been built up by the late American private collector Richard Gooding. Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer split the collection between two separate auctions,…

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Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series breaks auction record

Bonhams Hong Kong set a new world auction record for a Japanese whisky collection after Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series sold for HK$11.9 million (US$1.5m) last week. The whisky range was part of the Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky Sale, which took place in Hong Kong on 20-21 November. The set of 54 bottles sold for HK$11,890,360 (US$1,520,000), surpassing the previous record of HK$7.19m (US$917,000) set in August 2019 during a Bonhams Hong…

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Nc’nean’s first whisky sets world record at £41,004

Highland distillery Nc’nean has broken a world record after bottle number one of its inaugural single malt whisky sold for £41,004 (US$54,183) during an online auction. The first 10 bottles of Ainnir single malt were sold on Whisky Auctioneer in August to raise money for five charities. The bottles attracted more than 852 bids from 13 countries. The sale of bottle number one of Ainnir quadrupled the previous record held for a first bottle from…

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Manchester Gin sets world record for biggest gin tasting

UK-based Manchester Gin has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gin tasting across multiple venues after 1,865 drinkers took part in a live-streamed event last Saturday (4 June). Over the weekend, Manchester Gin broke the previous record for biggest gin tasting event across multiple venues, which was previously set by bar operator The New World Trading Company in February 2016 with 796 people across its nine venues in the UK. Manchester Gin’s…

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Whisky at auction: Cask investment ‘not for the faint‐hearted’

Buying spirits to flip on the secondary market is an age-old practice. But as closing prices for collections at auction reach millions of pounds, The Spirits Business asks if collecting has evolved from a hobby into a safe-haven asset. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Just when you think whisky auction prices couldn’t possibly climb any higher, along came the “ultimate whisky collection”. Comprising 467 bottles and…

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