June, 2017

High Sprits: Specialist Auction of Rare and Collectable Whisky Expected to Top £20,000

A rare collection of whisky from around the world is expected to fetch over £20,000 when it goes under the hammer on Tuesday 20 June at 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria Lancashire border.

Among the 199 lots, of which 193 belong to a collector who lives in Lancashire, there are bottles that could make up to £800 each. They include: a stoneware decanter of Catto’s Gold Label scotch whisky, a souvenir from the Royal visit to New Zealand in 1953, which is estimated at £600 – £800; a 30 year old bottle of Scottish whisky, Chivas Regal Chairman’s Reserve, which comes in a Baccarat glass decanter and is estimated at £400 – £600; and bottles of Islay’s Bowmore Sea Dragon 30 year old single malt whisky in coloured ceramic decanters and flagons, which are likely to make £500 – £700 each.

Other highlights in the auction are: a bottle of 25 year old Aberlour pure single highland malt scotch whisky, which could make between £400 to £600; a St Andrews 21 year old ‘the champion’ black ceramic claret jug and a wade blue ceramic golf ball whisky decanter, estimated between £150 and £200; and 5 bottles of Glenfiddich heritage reserve, expected to sell for £200-300.

The auction has been catalogued by 1818 Auctioneer’s expert valuer, Ken Payne who said:

“It’s a fascinating collection of whisky and it’s been a pleasure putting it together. With estimates ranging from £40 to £800 there’s something for all whisky enthusiasts.

Auctioneer David Hunter, from 1818 Auctioneers, added:

“The sale features examples from around the world including the better known Scottish ones. The market has grown over the last few years and new records are being set all the time. Last year a rare bottle of Glenfiddich whisky sold for £68,500.

“Collecting is seen as an alternative way to invest and make money while interest rates remain low, so we are expecting a lot of interest in the sale, including from overseas buyers who will join the live auction and bid online.”

The catalogue is available online at and the sale can be viewed on Friday 16 June between 2pm and 4pm, on Saturday 17 June between 10am and 1pm and also on the morning of the sale from 8.30am.

Experts Ken Payne and David Hunter can also be contacted at the saleroom.


Whisky images are available on request. For further information and interviews please contact David Hunter, Auctioneer & Valuer direct e: t: 015395 66205.

Please note, the vendor wishes to remain anonymous.