LONDON – Scottish auctioneers hope to sell off 3 900 bottles of rare whisky for up to £8 million (R153 million) next year in what they said would be the largest private collection of the tipple ever to go up for auction.
Colorado businessman Richard Gooding, who died in 2014 aged 67, amassed the collection over two decades, flying regularly to Scotland to visit auction houses and distilleries in a quest for some of the world’s rarest single malts.
Perthshire-based Whisky Auctioneer will sell the individual bottles in the so called “perfect collection” of Scotch at two separate online auctions next year. The collection includes the world’s most expensive whisky – a Macallan.
A single bottle of Fine and Rare Macallan from 1926 is expected to fetch up to £1.2 million. A 1919 Springbank from the collection is valued at £180 000 to £220 000. A rare 1937 Glenfiddich is likely to sell for £60 000 pounds.
“Its sheer scale and rarity makes it one of the most exciting discoveries in the whisky world,” Iain McClune, the founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said.