Bonhams Whisky Department in Edinburgh has had another successful year, making a total of more than £900,000 over four sales, with 89% of the lots being sold and an average sale value of 93%.

The star of the year was a bottle of The Glenfiddich Collection 1937 that sold for a record beating £68,500 in October. It had been estimated at £25,000-35,000. This is the highest price paid at auction for a bottle of Glenfiddich, and a Scottish auction house record for the sale of a single malt.

Other highlights included:

• A rare bottle of Gordon & MacPhail Generations Mortlach-70 year old, sold for £17,500 (estimate £15,000-18,000) in June.

The Dalmore Candela-50-year old, sold for £16,250 estimate (£12,000-14,000) in June.

The Macallan Millennium Decanter-50-year old-1949, sold for £15,000 (estimate £12,000-14,000) in June.

• A bottle of The Glenfiddich 50 year-old (estimate, sold for £15,000 (estimate £12,000-15,000) in March

Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green commented," Setting the world record for The Glenfiddich Collection 1937 was, of course, a great privilege and pleasure, but it has been an encouraging year in every way. Whisky collecting is now very much an international pursuit, and during 2016 we've again seen buyers from all over the globe – especially from South East Asia where Scotch whisky is still highly prized. Glenfiddich and The Macallan have long been among the most dependable and collectable names. I expect that trend to continue in 2017."


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also 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 forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

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