Scottish and Japanese Single Malt Whisky dominated the top lots at the
Bonhams Hong Kong Fine and Rare Wines, Cognac and Single Malt Whisky auction held on 20 May at the new Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery located at Suite 2001, One Pacific Place, Admiralty.

The packed saleroom buzzed with excitement as wine and spirits aficionados vied with each other for their favorite bottles of liquid gold in a convivial atmosphere.

The top lot went to a bottle of Macallan Lalique-62 year old which sold at HK$428,750, almost twice its pre-sale estimate. Other eminently collectible decanters of Macallan-Lalique single malt whisky were equally sought after, with the bottles of 60 year old and 57 year old achieving HK$306,250 and HK$269,500 respectively, both selling above their high pre-sale estimates.

Among the top lots of Scottish single malt whisky were the Dalmore Candela-50 year old and the Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet-70 years old which sold for HK$208,250 and HK$202,125 respectively.

The trend in collecting Japanese single malt whisky continues at a fervent pace, with a bottle of Yamazaki-50 year old achieving HK$245,000, also above its high pre-sale estimate.

For wine connoisseurs, their love affair with Burgundian wines endures, with the top lot consisting of three bottles of Romanée-Conti vintages 2006, 2007 and 2008 from the famed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti sold for HK$281,750.

In the cognac section, the top lot went to a A.Hardy Le Printemps-Lalique Decanter which came complete with a presentation case. Competitive bidding drove the final price above its pre-sale high estimate to HK$110,250.

Commenting on the sale, Bonhams Hong Kong Wine Specialist Daniel Lam said, 'The results of this auction prove that our strategy of adding diversity to meet collecting trends has paid off with single malt whisky and cognac being increasingly sought after. The top lots bottled in exquisite Lalique decanters were hotly contested, demonstrating their popularity as both a rare tipple and an objet d'art. We will continue to bring these collectibles to the market in our future sales and are consigning now for a sale in August.'


NOTES FOR EDITORS

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