Bonhams Hong Kong Presents Asia's Largest Japanese Whisky Auction

200 lots of rare and collectable Japanese whisky take center stage

15 Aug 2014, Japanese & Rare Whisky

Bonhams Hong Kong Presents Asia's Largest Japanese Whisky Auction

200 lots of rare and collectable Japanese whisky take center stage

15 Aug 2014, Japanese & Rare Whisky

Bonhams Hong Kong, pioneer of whisky auctions in the city, once again takes pole position by offering the largest sale of Japanese whisky in Asia. The Rare Single Malt Whisky Auction will take place on 15th August 2014 at 7pm at the new Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery located at Suite 2001 in One Pacific Place, Admiralty.

With global appreciation and demand for rare Japanese single malts reaching an all-time high, Bonhams Hong Kong has amassed 200 lots of this new liquid gold for an unprecedented sale that will see connoisseurs vying for their favorite malts. Leading the sale are legendary collections from the silent Japanese distilleries of Karuizawa and Hanyu which ceased production in 2001 and 2000 respectively. A comprehensive range of over 170 bottles of Karuizawa whisky will be presented, including the impressive collection of Karuizawa - Non distilled in years 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1994 and 1999; the Karuizawa Geisha series; Karuizawa vertical years ranging from year 1969 to 1995; the Karuizawa命之水 black and white series and the extremely rare Karuizawa-1965-21 year old in a crystal decanter.

The renowned and award-winning Hanyu Ichiro's 'Playing Card Series' is highly sought after by Japanese whisky enthusiasts around the world, with the 'full deck' collection rarely seen in the market. For this sale, Bonhams offers the most comprehensive collection of Hanyu Ichiro's Playing Cards whisky in the auction history of Hong Kong. Highlights include Six Full House with Six of Hearts, Six of Diamonds, Six of Spades, Five of Hearts and Five of Diamonds, and a set of Royal Flush with Ace of Clubs, Two of Clubs, Three of Clubs, Four of Clubs and Five of Clubs.

Continuing the success of the whisky sale in May 2014, Bonhams once again presents the highly collectible Yamazaki 50 year old. With only 150 bottles released worldwide, the Yamazaki 50 year old is the rarest and oldest Japanese single malt whisky of all time, and the true connoisseur's dream.

In addition to Japanese whisky, 64 lots of rare Scottish single malts are also offered. Leading the selection is the Macallan 55 year old in a Lalique decanter. This whisky combines the mastery of crystal craftsmanship and whisky, with the exquisitely hand crafted Lalique crystal decanter filled with the extraordinarily rare 55 year old Macallan whisky in its celebrated natural color. Not to be missed are the extremely rare Macallan 1948 – 51 year old and Macallan 1951.

Highlights of the auction include:

1 Decanter, Karuizawa-1965-21 year old, 21 year old, est. HK$85,000-HK$105,000

2 Bottles, Karuizawa-1967 命の水 Black, 45 year old; Karuizawa-1968 命の水 White, 45 year old, est. HK$70,000-HK$80,000

6 Bottles, Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Card - Six Full Housek, est. HK$60,000-HK$80,000

6 Bottles, Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Card – Royal Flush, est. HK$90,000-HK$120,00

1 Bottle, Yamazaki 50 year, 50 year old, est. HK$150,000-HK$190,00

1 Decanter, The Macallan Lalique Decanter, 55 year old, est. HK$240,000-HK$280,000

1 Bottle, The Macallan Select Reserve 1948, 51 year old, est. HK$115,000-HK$140,000

1 Bottle, The Macallan 1951, est. HK$120,000-HK$150,000


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

Related auctions