Charity ride whisky bottle with Mary Quant label for sale at Bonhams

Whisky 2 Oct 2013

Charity ride whisky bottle with Mary Quant label for sale at Bonhams

Whisky 2 Oct 2013

A bottle of 27 year old Springbank whisky, bottled to mark the Everest Challenge in 1993 and with a label designed by the famous 1960s' icon Mary Quant, is to be sold at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on 2 October. It is estimated at £1,200-1,400.

The Everest challenge was a charity bike ride in the foothills of the Himalayas sponsored by the glazing company, Everest, which took place between April 12 and May 29 1993. The whisky itself was distilled in 1965, the year in which Everest was founded, and Mary Quant was commissioned to design the label which shows a snow capped mountain peak enclosed in the words 'I'm going for Everest.'

Mary Quant is one of Britain's best know designers. She came to fame during the Swinging Sixties and her clothes became synonymous with youthful rebellion and self expression. In later decades, Quant concentrated on household and other design.

Other notable lots in the sale include a bottle of Benromach Classic 55 year old distilled in1949 and numbered 17 of 83. It is estimated at £3,500-4,000. A bottle of Ardbeg 1965 bottled in 2005 carries an estimate of 3,000-3,500.


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