June or Bust, The Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction, Glasgow

Posted in: Whisky
Posted on: 09 June 2015
June or Bust, The Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction, Glasgow As the usual summer rains of Scotland’s West Coast begin in earnest, we had a small ray of sunshine in the shape of the June Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction at McTear’s. With many unique bottles going under the Hammer the anticipation was great.
As always Macallan featured heavily in the auction, but the stand out bottle of Macallan and not only of the the MAcallan section, but also of the entire auction this was lot 1300 The Macallan Lalique 55 year old. With only 420 bottles of this beautiful decanter in existence this is a real collector’s item, that is if you can afford it, the bidding although not as fierce as anticipated eventually settled at a price of £15,000 and will be making its way to a delighted new owner in Spain. Another great performer from Macallan was the 25 year old (lot 1186) Tudor Crystal Decanter going on to settle at a price of £1900. Last, but now least, was the 30 year old Sherry Oak (lot 1185) bottling which settled at a price just over the higher end of the estimate at £1850.
Now to a few of the Island bottles to make waves. The first coming from the great whisky producing haven of Islay. The Bunnahabhain 1968 Auld Acquaintance (lot 1372) performed admirably and eventually outstripped its estimate to achieve a hammer price of £700. Next on the list of great performers came from the highly regarded and collectable closed distillery of Port Ellen, this 21 y/o, bottled to commemorate the anniversary of the towns maltings, went on to achieve a McTear’s record price of £2,600 more than £400 higher than the high end of the estimate. Finally to the distillery of Highland Park from the Island of Orkney, the 1952 distillation (lot 1270) recorded a great price of £1000 due to the intense bidding involved in reaching its eventual price, and the lucky new owner in New York will be particularly pleased with this rarely seen example of Highland Park.
Finally we reach the final few bottles of note. All but one coming from the Highland region, this bottle was the Balvenie 1968 Vintage Cask (lot 1136). The hammer fell slightly over the higher end of its estimate o make a highly respectable price of £1400.
The last two bottles I shall mention achieved hammer prices that were not at all expected, not only due to their loftiness, but because they dwarfed their estimates considerably. Firstly was the Glenmorangie 1963 (lot 1240) distillation which settled on a quite unbelievable hammer price of £1700, more than double the high end of its estimate. The other bottle came from the now closed distillery of Brora, this came from the independent bottler Douglas Laing. A 32 year old from their Old & Rare Platinum Collection (lot 1368), again this bottle exceeded all expectations and eventually settled on a hammer price of £1600.
With another month of whisky auctions at McTear’s now passed, we look forward to July in earnest, so join the Global Whisky audience and get your hands on a bottle or bottles you have always dreamed of.
To discuss selling or buying whisky, wine and other spirits at McTear’s, please contact specialists Stephen McGinty and Dominic Hughes on 0141 810 2880 or email Stephen@mctears.co.uk, Dominic @mctears.co.uk

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