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Hefty Haul For Oldest Macallan Red Collection Whisky At Bonhams Whisky Sale

A bottle of the oldest known Macallan Scotch ever made, The Macallan-78 year old, recently sold for £79,300 at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh.

The focal point of The Macallan’s Red Collection, the bottle was numbered 133 out of a limited edition and came in its original oak and Bridge of Weir leather-lined presentation case. Prior to the auction, it had an estimated value of £65,000-70,000.

The whisky sale in total made £333,341, with 83% sold by lot and 89% sold by volume.

The Macallan-78 year old
The Macallan-78 year old (image via Bonhams)

Martin Green, Bonhams’ head of whisky, said in a prepared statement, “I’m delighted by the great result achieved for this very special whisky. As expected, the bottle attracted intense bidding from collectors across the world and the excellence and rarity of the whisky are reflected in the very impressive price.”

Other highlights from the March 10th auction include:

  • The Bowmore Trilogy consisting of a bottle each of Black Bowmore-42 year old -1964, bottled in 2007; White Bowmore -42 year old -1964 bottled in 2008 and Gold Bowmore-44 year old-1964 bottled in 2009. Sold for £54,900 (estimate: £45,000-55,000).
  • The Macallan-40 year old. The Red Collection. Distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd. Bottle No. 162. In original oak and Bridge Weir leather-lined presentation case. Sold for £19,520 (estimate: £15,000-18,000).
  • Dalmore-45 year old. Bottled in a Baccarat crystal decanter at Dalmore Distillery, Alness and released in 2018, the bottle retains its original presentation case and stopper and is accompanied by a booklet and outer leather carrying case. Sold for £9,760 (Estimate: £7,000-8,000).

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and high-end spirits. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, and Sydney.

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