Bonhams Presents Whisky Online Auction Aimed at Budding Collectors

Hong Kong – From 15 to 22 February 2020, Bonhams will present an online whisky sale dedicated to budding whisky enthusiasts. The 180 lots of Japanese and Scotch whiskies on offer, including those from the most sought-after distilleries including Yamazaki, Karuizawa and Bowmore, are attractively estimated from HK$3,000 (US$390) to just over HK$300,000 (US$38,600). Many of the estimates are lower than the current market price.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams' Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, comments: 'Whisky collecting has become a lifestyle trend for not only the connoisseurs but also for the younger generation across the world. We have seen more new collectors coming in than ever: one in every five bidders in our worldwide whisky sales over the last two years was a new bidder. With this in mind, we have curated this online sale to offer not the high-ticket star bottles, but instead a wide range of editions from popular distilleries at friendly price points. We hope that first-time buyers can find in this sale an entrance to start their whisky collection.'

Highlights estimated under HK$20,000 (US$2,600) include:

• 余市 Yoichi-1984-#252986, estimate: HK$18,000–22,000
• Hanyu Ichiro's Malt-Joker "Colour", estimate: HK$15,000–20,000
• Lagavulin-1991-Feis Ile 2015, estimate: HK$6,000–8,000

Highlights estimated under HK$100,000 (US$13,000) include:

• Karuizawa-Yashiro-1971-37 year old-八代窯, estimate: HK$80,000–100,000
• 山崎 Yamazaki-Mizunara-1986-#6G5029, estimate: HK$65,000–85,000
• Hanyu Ichiro's Malt-The Game-1st Edition, estimate: HK$48,000–60,000

Highlights estimated under HK$400,000 (US$52,000) include:

• Karuizawa-1965-#8852, estimate: HK$380,000–480,000
• Karuizawa-1964-#3603, estimate: HK$250,000–300,000
• Black Bowmore-1964 (2nd Edition), estimate: HK$120,000–160,000

Bonhams marked its 10 years of market leadership in Asia's whisky auction in 2019. In August, Hanyu Ichiro's Full Card Series in 54 bottles established a new record for a Japanese whisky collection for HK$7,192,000 (US$917,000), selling to an Asian female collector. Three months later, an exceedingly rare 30 year whisky sherry hogshead cask from the famed Macallan Distillery also achieved HK$4,464,000 (US$572,000), setting a new world auction record for a whisky cask.

Bonhams wine and whisky departments worldwide reported sales of GBP16 million (US$21.3 million/ HK$166,200,000) for 2019.

The forthcoming Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky sale will be held on 15 May in Hong Kong.

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