'Perfect' whisky collection sells for £6.67 million at auction


A private whisky collection has made history after selling at an online auction for £6.67m.

The collection of 3,900 bottles has become the highest value private collection to sell on the secondary market.

The auction was hosted in two parts by Whisky Auctioneer, due to the volume of Richard Gooding’s whisky library – he dedicated two decades of his life in pursuit of the ‘perfect collection’.

The bidding began on Monday and was completed last night, with 1,557 distinct bidders from 54 different countries battling for some of the rarest whiskies in existence.

The most expensive bottle in the collection, The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare 60 Year Old, sold for a hammer price of £1m – the first time a single bottle of whisky has sold at an online-only auction at that price.



The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old, from the Gooding Collection

It was followed by The Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Year Old, which sold for a £825,000 hammer price.

Part one of the sale of the collection saw 1,932 bottles selling for £3.29m in total.

Other significant results include record prices for historic malts from Scotland’s ‘lost’ distilleries such as Dallas Dhu.

The Dallas Dhu 1921 Private Cask 64 Year Old sold for £15,500, while a Balvenie 1961 Vintage Cask sold for £16,500.

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This auction was solely dedicated to one collector’s magnificent library of whisky – a man who was dedicated to building the perfect collection.

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“As enthusiasts of whisky ourselves, we knew that this collection deserved its own spotlight to allow us to truly convey the rarity and sheer scale of something so historic.”

The Perth-based business has held 17 online auctions since last January totalling a hammer price of almost £30m.

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