Whisky collectors across the globe are eagerly awaiting Sotheby’s online auction of 30 rare bottles from the Macallan Fine + Rare series which is open for bidding until the 19th of April. The collection spans five decades from 1937-1972 which were purchased by speciality Asian retailer Wing Hop Fung in 2005 direct from The Macallan. Each bottle in the collection is presented in its original wooden case as they were delivered to Wing Hop Fung’s founder, Dayton Ong, by former Macallan Brand Ambassador Mark Izatt.
Ever since the purchase the collection has been carefully stored in Wing Hop Fung’s cellars, ensuring that bidders can be certain of the exceptional provenance of these rare bottles.Highlights of the collection include the Macallan Fine and Rare 56 Year Old 1945. This extremely rare bottle is expected to generate a huge amount of interest in the online auction and has an estimate of $38,000 – $48,000.
In addition to this highly-covetable collection, other exciting lots include the Black Bowmore and Bowmore Trilogy Collection and The Macallan Lalique 72 Year Old Genesis Decanter. This is the first time the 7-bottle Bowmore collection has been offered at auction as a single lot. The collection comes with an estimate of $140,000-220,000. All eyes will also be on the Macallan 72 Year Old which is the oldest whisky ever released by Macallan.
This is a rare achievement for the distillery given that only one other producer has been able to release a whisky with such a lengthy maturation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to taste a piece of history and to sample a very different style of Macallan which was distilled during the Second World War. Macallan released just 600 bottles, making this a very rare opportunity to acquire this unique bottle.Despite the background of economic uncertainty and the ongoing growth of the Covid-19 epidemic, Sotheby’s two online auctions of wines and spirits are expected to attract great interest as the fine wine and whisky markets remain buoyant.
Last October saw Sotheby’s debut their first-ever auction dedicated to whisky, The Ultimate Whisky Collection, in London. The auction set a new record for spirits with The Macallan Fine & Rare 60 Year Old 1926 which sold for $1.9 million. In March, as the epidemic continued to unfold, Sothebys also enjoyed another record win with the sale of a bottle of rare Karuizawa 52 Year Old Zodiac Rat Cask #5627 1960 for £363,000.
“Following the success of our March sale series in London, which included a new auction record for any bottle of Japanese whisky, we are very pleased to present these two online auctions this month. Offering more than 300 lots, these sales will present collectors with the opportunity to acquire some of the very best bottles in both wines and spirits,” commented Connor Kriegel, Head of Auction Sales for Sotheby’s Wine in New York.