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Bonhams has another New York whisky auction slated

June 10th, 2010

If you missed out on these whiskies the first time around, you get a second chance. (Okay, so maybe they will cost you a little more.) The press release is below, and the link to the actual list of whiskies on their website is here.

New York- Bonhams New York first sale of Whisky in 2010 will take place at 5pm on Tuesday June 22 at the company’s 580 Madison Avenue saleroom.

The auction features 554 lots, and marks the first various-owner auction devoted to Whisky to take place in the city since a 2007 law change allowed spirits auctions to take place in the state of New York.

The auction also marks the beginning of regular sales schedule for Whisky and Spirits at Bonhams in New York, with plans for at least two sale selections each year.

“Bonhams is committed to the sale of whisky and spirits across the globe. Along with our regular whisky sales in Edinburgh, we are now delighted to see the beginning of a regular auction schedule here in New York – and continue to develop our spirits offerings in Hong Kong,” says Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Group Managing Director.

The vast majority of the sale features single-malt Scotch whisky, along with a handful of blended Scotch and Irish whiskey lots. Estimates go to $9,000 a bottle, and the auction in its entirety is expected to fetch over $200,000.

Highlights include a 190-lot collection that features substantial quantities of Silent Stills, Rare Malts and Gordon & Macphail bottlings. Within this collection notable lots include a 37 year old Bowmore matured in Bourbon wood (estimate: $1,800-2,500), and The Springbank Double, bottled in 1994 (estimate: $800-1,000).

A significant selection of The Macallan features prominently in the auction, including a bottle of The Macallan 50 Year Old Anniversary Malt accompanied by a letter by Chairman Allan Shiach dated July 1983 (estimate: $9,000-11,000); an example of the 35thPrivate Eye Anniversary bottling (estimate: $550-700); and The Macallan 52 year old distilled in 1946 (estimate: $3,750-4,500).

Elsewhere in the sale, a bottle of Gold Bowmore is on offer (estimate: $4,200-5,000); along with a 1940s bottling of ‘Pinch’ in excellent condition and in original Christmas wrapping (estimate: $250-300); and a 35-lot collection of Glenmorangie (estimate range $150 to $1,200) that includes The Culloden Bottle, The Grand Slam Dram, and a 1976 bottling that celebrates the first commercial flight of Concorde (estimate: $650-800).

No Responses to “Bonhams has another New York whisky auction slated”

  1. JMF says:

    Wow that sounds like it would be an incredibly interesting event to see in person, especially for someone who has an interest in whiskey history. I wonder if they sell “bleacher seats” to young whiskey lovers not yet in that realm of spending. Also I personally would have a hard time not drinking anything I bought.

  2. CK says:

    Is one allowed to attend these auctions with no intention to bid?

  3. Louis says:

    Why is a Gold Bowmore up for auction when it is still on the shelves?

  4. Ernest says:

    Catalogue came in the mail yesterday. The prices for Ardbeg Provenance 1974s look “reasonable” starting at $550.

  5. mongo says:

    is it me or does a fair amount of this look like it comes straight from the financial industry meltdown?

  6. AdamH says:

    JMF and CK, having attended a few live auctions, I wouldn’t recommend going. You’ll be bored to death. It’s just a bunch of people sitting in a room for hours and hours, quietly holding up numbered paddles. However, usually a few days beforehand, they have a showing where everything is publicly displayed for inspection, and that can be fun to browse.

  7. [...] I figured I am better of selling it for a handsome profit and spending the money on whisky that I will actually drink and enjoy, so that’s what I did. I sold this bottle for a great price (I don’t remember how much it was, because I also sold a couple other bottles at the same time as a package deal,  but it was under $1,000.) And that was the end of it. That is, until I noticed a bottle was up for auction at the recent Bonhams auction this past June 22nd in New York City. [...]

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