Whisky Advocate

Whisky Auctions: First Christie’s, now Bonhams

November 18th, 2009

Christie’s just auctioned off some rare whiskies this past Saturday, which I wrote about here. Now it’s Bonhams’ turn. The headliner, as you will see by the press release below, was the Dalmore Oculus. But there were other interesting whiskies too. Have a look:


The exceptional one-of-a–kind Dalmore Oculus sells for a staggering £27,600 at Bonhams best whisky sale in history

The Dalmore Oculus low resWhisky enthusiasts worldwide raised their glasses to an outstanding result at today’s whisky sale at Bonhams Edinburgh. With over 90% of lots sold, the sale raised an impressive total of £211,518, the best on record in terms of value.

 One of the highlights of the sale was the rare and unique Dalmore Oculus, assembled from some of the most exceptional whiskies of the past 140 years. This extraordinary whisky sold for a phenomenal £27,600, against a pre-sale estimate of £15,000 – 20,000, as cheers rung around the sale room. This is the highest price ever paid for a Dalmore whisky, far exceeding any previous expectation.

 Other distinguished whiskies on offer included a Black Bowmore-1964 first edition, bottled 1993, beautifully presented in a wooden case, which sold for a sensational £2,100 (estimated £1,500-1,700), whilst the Black Bowmore-1964, final edition, bottled 1995 also reached £2,100 (estimated £1,500-2,000) and the Black Bowmore-1964 first edition, bottled 1993, selling for an equally impressive £2,040 (estimated £1,500-1,700).

 Elsewhere, The Macallan-56 year old-1946, officially bottled by hand at The Macallan Distillery exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £1,500-2,000, selling for £1,980.

 From the first section of the 3,000-strong Willard S Folsom Collection of Old and Rare Single Malt Whiskies, The Dalmore-50 year old-1926 presented in a splendid ceramic decanter sold for an sizeable £1,920 (estimated £1,500-1,700). Also from this collection, a Macallan Speymalt-1938 toppled pre-sale estimates of £800-1,000, reaching £1,920, whilst a Bowmore Oloroso Wood-38 year old-1964 single malt fetched £1,680 (estimated £1,200-1,400).

 Martin Green, Bonhams Whisky Specialist comments: “We are delighted by the results of today’s sale. The atmosphere in the room was electric with much excitement and frenzied bidding for the 583 first-class whiskies of offer. The Dalmore Oculus reached a fantastic sale price, especially in view of the current economic climate.”

 For Bonhams enquiries please call +44 131 225 2266

 For more information please contact Charlotte Hastings or Rosie Kempson at The Communication Group on 0207 630 1411 or email chastings@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk/ rkempson@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

8 Responses to “Whisky Auctions: First Christie’s, now Bonhams”

  1. Maltakias says:

    “This is the highest price ever paid for a Dalmore”

    And how about that…http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/southern_counties/4095758.stm

    A businessman paid £32,000 for a rare Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Surrey, on 24 May.

  2. Iain Russell says:

    John, the Glenmorangie 1963 fetched £480 (including buyer’s premium). Yes, it was at Bonham’s, not Christie’s (my carelessness!).

  3. Red_Arremer says:

    “This extraordinary whisky sold for a phenomenal £27,600, against a pre-sale estimate of £15,000 – 20,000, as cheers rung around the sale room.”


    This is sure pretty hard for me to picture or relate to.

  4. The actual bid price was £23,000, which with the buyers premium of 20% made the final price £27,600. The whisky has been crafted using malts also used in the legendary Dalmore 62yo. Having tasted this fabulous dram in the company of Richard Patterson, I am sure the Oculus will be equally special – special enough to break the seal like the man in post 1?……..

  5. H.Diaz says:

    Wish I worked on Wall Street and just received my fat bonus. This would be my weekend money.

  6. Abinash says:

    “The Dalmore Oculus reached a fantastic sale price, especially in view of the current economic climate.”

    In view of the current… Really, why this economic downturn is mentioned everywhere? Practically it does not have any effect on MOST of our income. Of course some suffer due to it, but MOST of us go on like before. Especially the ones who are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a whisky bottle.

  7. MrTH says:

    I am outraged that the Oculus was not priced where more of us punters would have a chance to try it!

    Oh, I’m just kidding…actually, as far as I’m concerned, this is a big ho-hum–so they managed to fill another bottle with the leftovers of the 62yo. The W&M publicity machine has really been working overtime lately.

© Copyright 2016. Whisky Advocate. All rights reserved.