Auction Update March 10, 2023: Karuizawa, Bowmore, and WhistlePig Excel

Auction Update March 10, 2023: Karuizawa, Bowmore, and WhistlePig Excel

March 10, 2023 –––––– Jonny McCormick, , , ,

Karuizawa single malt whisky led the latest Whisky Auctioneer sale, with some high prices paid for collectible Bowmore and a pair of Jacks from the Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt Card series. Unusually, there was no Macallan among the 20 highest-sold lots as several expressions failed to meet their reserve prices.

Whisky Hammer

Auction ended February 26th


Unicorn Auctions

Auction ended February 26th

Bonhams, Edinburgh

Auction ended March 1st

Photo courtesy of Bonhams

Whisky Auctioneer

Auction Ended March 6th

Lot of the Week


Lot: Grant’s 25 year old Character Jug
Sold: March 3rd at McTear’s, Glasgow
Hammer Price: $168

This hand-painted Royal Doulton decanter depicts Glenfiddich Distillery founder William Grant dressed in his Major’s uniform of The Gordon Highlanders. The jug’s handle on the reverse is crafted to look like whisky casks, and the blend is poured out of the toorie on top of his glengarry (the red pom-pom on the top of his hat).

Upcoming Auctions

Bottles to watch in auctions ending in the next week:

March 12th, Unicorn Auctions: WhistlePig The Boss Hog 1st edition. Bidding has already outstripped the hammer price at Whisky Hammer last month.

March 14th, Sotheby’s, Paris: Yamazaki 55 year old. This rare Japanese whisky has a great chance of being the highest-priced bottle of the year so far.

March 14th, Dalmore 45 year old. One of 500 bottles released in 2018 for $12,500, this will only sell if it hits its reserve.

March 17th, Sotheby’s, New York: Old Rip Van Winkle Family Selection 23 year old. Sotheby’s will seek to achieve a higher hammer price than the bottle sold by Unicorn Auctions last month for $27,600. See more details on this sale here.

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