The first Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction of 2018 was an auction of 130 high-quality lots. The £500 average hammer price proving that quality is often more important than quantity.
For the fifth auction in a row Black Bowmore attracted plenty of interest, and despite a low fill level and damage to the capsule this iconic bottle sold for an impressive £7500. The Bowmore 1971 in Lot 1003 also performed well, exceeding the high estimate figure and selling for £2000. Fellow Islay heavyweight Laphroaig also saw a few knockout results, with the 1960 vintage achieving a hammer price of £3200 and the 10-Year-Old ‘Pre-Royal Warrant’ bottling selling for £1600.
McTear’s were delighted to feature an entire set of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee bottlings in Lots 1054-1060, with the highlight being the Macallan which more than doubled its high estimate, selling to a lucky Russian bidder for £950. Interestingly, the surge in value of Macallan Anniversary Malts seems to have cooled, with one lot dropping below the £2000 mark for only the second time in over a year. If this is a temporary blip before an inevitable further increase in value, could this be an opportunity for investors?
McTear’s sells more whisky than any other traditional auction house in the dedicated whisky auctions that take place monthly, run concurrently live online on a platform that attracts six million visitors annually from over 120 countries worldwide.