at Bonhams Whisky Sale

Hong Kong – Bonhams Whisky Sale on Friday 2 February in Hong Kong achieved a total sale of HK$13,107,500 with close to 94% sold by lot and 96.5% sold by value of the 358 lots. All top lots sold for two or three times their estimates, indicating a positive sign for market demand among private collectors in Hong Kong and Asia.

The Whisky sale led with the two exceptional bottles from the Dalmore Legendary Release, a limited edition showcasing the depth and quality of the celebrated distillery's aged stock and supervised under the skills of its Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, one of the most influential characters in the industry. With only 20 bottles ever released, the Dalmore Eos-59 year old, sold for HK$918,750 against an estimate at HK$220,000 - $280,000; while the Dalmore Selene-58 year old, of which only 30 bottles were ever released, sold for HK$673,750 from an estimate of HK$200,000 - $260,000.

During the sale, Bonhams previewed two rare vintage Macallan – The 60 Years Old 1926 (Peter Blake Label) and The 60 Years Old 1926 (Adami Label), which will feature in the next Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky sale on 18 May in Hong Kong. Both belong to the dozen bottles ever produced and specially designed by the renowned British artist Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami respectively. These magnificent whiskies are elegantly presented in boxes styled as spirit saves, and have been unseen to public's eyes since their auctions over 3 decades ago in the 1980s. Bonhams Head of Fine Wine and Whisky in Hong Kong, Daniel Lam, added: "These bottles are incredibly rare and whiskies of this calibre stand in themselves as works of art inside out."

Other top results from the Whisky sale featured a number of Karuizawa and Macallan decanters, including:

Karuizawa-1960-48 year old-#4123 sold for HK$502,250 (estimate HK$150,000-200,000)
Macallan Millennium Decanter sold HK$428,750 (estimate HK$200,000-250,000)
Karuizawa-1964-#3603 sold for HK$306,250 (estimate HK$180,000-240,000)
Macallan Fine & Rare-1950-52 year old sold for HK$269,500 (estimate HK$190,000-240,000)
Macallan Select Reserve-1946-52 year old sold for HK$147,000 (estimate HK$100,000-140,000)
Karuizawa-1981-1984-Cocktail Series (4 bottles) sold for HK$147,000 (estimate HK$120,000-160,000)
Macallan Red Ribbon-1940 sold for HK$122,500 (estimate HK$60,000-80,000)
Glen Grant-1949-67 year old sold for  HK$122,500 (estimate HK$60,000-80,000)


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