Bonhams Haul for Oldest Macallan Red Collection Whiskey at Bonhams Whiskey Sale

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

A focal point of The Macallan’s red collection, the bottle has been numbered 133 from a limited edition and comes in its original oak presentation box and lined with Bridge of Weir leather. Before the auction it had an estimated value of £65,000-70,000.

The total whiskey sale brought in £333,341, with 83% sold by batch and 89% sold by volume.

The Macallan-78 (image via Bonhams)

Martin Green, head of whiskey at Bonhams, said in a prepared statement: “I am delighted with the excellent result achieved for this very special whisky. As expected, the bottle attracted intense bidding from collectors around the world and the excellence and rarity of the whiskey is reflected in the very impressive price.

Other highlights from the March 10 auction include:

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

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the largest auctioneers in the world, offering fine art and antiques, automobiles and spirits. The main auction houses are in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh and Sydney.

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