“Interest in whisky auctions remains high not just in the UK, but across the world,” said Bonhams' whisky specialist Martin Green. “This year we’ve seen a particular increase in bidders and buyers from Europe and the Far East.”
Following frenzied bidding, the bottle sold for an impressive £13,750 (around $22,683), falling right in the pre-sale estimate range of £12,000-15,000 ($19,786-24,733) and emerging as the top lot sold on the day. But it wasn't the only bottle of rare scotch whisky to sell in the thousands. Other notable lots included a 51-year-old bottle of Macallan Select Reserve, one of only 365 made, which sold for £7,500 ($12,366) — well above its pre-sale estimate of £4,000-6,000 ($6,595-9,893); a bottle of Macallan from 1938 that similarly exceeded its estimated value with a £4,375 ($7,213) top bid; a 15-year-old bottle of Ardbeg valued at £250-300 ($412-495) that sold for £3,500 ($5,771) and a Bowmore from 1955 that more than tripled its £900-1,000 ($1,484-1,650) value at £3,125 ($5,152).