Bonhams Fine Wine and Whisky departments have enjoyed a highly successful year with combined global sales of more than £15million.

Highlights included:

Breaking the world record for a bottle of whisky sold at auction on three separate occasions. First in Hong Kong in May when a bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake-1926-60 Year Old sold for HK$7,962,500 (£751,703) only to be surpassed an hour later in the same sale by a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami-1926-60 Year Old at HK$8,636,250 (£814,081). That record was, in turn, broken in Edinburgh in October by the £848,750 paid for another bottle of The Macallan Adami.

Several first rate private collections of wine, including an outstanding offering of classed growth Bordeaux which made more than £470,0000 in the Fine Wine sale in London in September. Top prices also for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, including £107,550 for a six bottle case of Romanée-Conti 1988 in September.

Setting a new world record for a bottle of Japanese whisky sold at auction – a bottle of Karuizawa-1960-52 Year Old The Dragon that sold for HK$2,450,000 (£231,035) at the Wine and Whisky sale in Hong Kong in May 2018.
Selling the world's most valuable hogshead cask – an American hogshead cask from Macallan Distillery, 1996-22 year old, which was bought for HK$3,430,000 (£342,271) – at the Fine Wines and Whisky Sale in Hong Kong in November.

Bonhams International Head of Wine and Master of Wine, Richard Harvey said, "This has been an excellent year for fine wine and whisky at Bonhams. Demand remained high with an average selling rate of 85%. The world records we established reflect a market in good health, as well as continued confidence in our ability to mount exceptional sales."

Bonhams Head of Whisky in Edinburgh Martin Green added. "The world records were, of course, the highlights of the year but all our sales - both in Hong Kong and Edinburgh - performed consistently well. International demand for Bowmore, Glenfiddich and other expressions of the Macallan remained buoyant and whiskies from closed Japanese distilleries again proved particularly attractive to buyers in Asia."

Bonhams holds six Fine Wine sales a year in London, four in San Francisco and two in Hong Kong. Whisky sales are held four times a year in Edinburgh and four time a year in Hong Kong.

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