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World's most expensive whisky set to break records at auction


The second half of one devoted whisky lover’s ‘perfect collection’ will go under the hammer next month in a sale that could go down in whisky history.

From 12 to 22 February, more than 1,900 bottles of the rarest and most expensive single malts in existence – including many from Scotland’s long lost distilleries – will feature in a sale hosted online by Whisky Auctioneer.

Leading the auction is the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky – The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old.

Containing liquid distilled nearly a century ago in the height of America’s Prohibition, this is one of no more than 14 in the world adorned with the Fine and Rare label.

Widely considered one of the most coveted bottles of whisky in existence, it is expected to fetch a hammer price of more than £1m.

This is not the only collector’s item available in the auction, with whiskies such as the Balvenie 1937 50 Year Old, Bowmore’s 1964 vintage and a 1921 private cask bottling of Dallas Dhu – which has not been seen on the secondary market for more than 25 years – also featuring.



The Balvenie 1937 50 Year Old, from Gooding’s Collection

The Perfect Collection Part Two, which initially launched last April, was postponed following a major cyber attack.

Part one of the auction took place in February 2020, fetching a total hammer price of £3.2m, with Whisky Auctioneer becoming the first online auction house to sell a million dollar bottle.

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer said: “Gooding’s collection is nothing short of extraordinary and we are honoured and delighted to bring it to auction.

“Undoubtedly the entire collection is crowned by the incomparable The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare, a whisky that has in recent years become the pinnacle of whisky collecting and for good reason.”

The collection was amassed by late American businessman and philanthropist Richard Gooding, who dedicated over two decades to collecting whiskies from almost every Scottish distillery.

His collection grew to become a library of 3,900 bottles of primarily single malt whisky – one of the largest and most significant whisky collections ever to go to public auction.



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