House Auction Details
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 10:30 AM
The Chairman’s Collection comprises 43 lots to be offered consecutively within the 24th October whisky auction.
One of the world’s finest private collections of Macallan single malt whisky will go under the hammer in a special auction in Glasgow next month.
The collection of 72 bottles, which is being sold by the former Chairman of the company, Allan Shiach, is expected to fetch record prices at the McTear’s sale on 24th October.
Amongst the stunning lots on offer will be two bottles of the Macallan Anniversary 50 year old - distilled in 1928 and worth £10,000 each - and a 1951 expression which could fetch £3,000.
The sale will also feature two rare bottles of 1946 Macallan and two magnums of Christopher’s Silver Jubilee, each valued at between £2,500 and £3,000.
Commenting on the sale, McTear’s whisky specialist, Stephen McGinty, said: “This is not merely an exclusive selection from one of the iconic Highland distilleries, but a reflection of one man’s lifelong dedication to style, quality and tradition.
“The Macallan is recognised across the globe as one of the whisky world's greatest single malts and this magnificent collection illustrates this fact perfectly. With a collection of this size we would expect there to be one or two outstanding bottles but the reality is that every one of the 108 bottles is remarkable in its own right.
“From two world renowned 50 year olds to a brace of magnificent magnums, the range and diversity is breathtaking and confirms this selection of whiskies as one of the finest collections of Macallan ever to come to auction.”
Although Allan Shiach also established an international reputation as a screenwriter and theatre producer, the Elgin born businessman began in the whisky industry almost fifty years ago and later became Chairman of Macallan-Glenlivet plc in 1979, helping to build the brand into a global business, until the company was taken over by its present owners in 1996. A lifelong whisky enthusiast, this eclectic selection represents his long association with all aspects of the whisky industry.
“… these whiskies are a slightly random selection of bottlings which particularly interested me in the marketing of the brand. They have been kept at my home in Moray and now, realizing they are too valuable to drink and too rare to replace, I decided to share the proceeds of the sale with a charity and to offer worldwide collectors an opportunity to enhance their inventory with some Macallan items not often seen …”
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