Laphroaig and Springbank bottles smash estimate at McTear's whisky auction



2015-06-26 12:29:43

Laphroaig and Springbank bottles smash estimate at McTear's whisky auction

It was a day of surprises for rare whisky lovers at McTear's Glasgow auction on July 20

While it didn't take the accolade for most expensive sale at McTear's whisky auction on July 20, a lot consisting of Laphroaig and Springbank bottles was certainly the talking point of the day.

A 70 degreeproof Laphroaig 10-year-old single Islay malt whisky and a 12-year-old Springbank, bottled by WM Cadenhead, sold for 750 at the auction in Glasgow, Scotland; an astonishing figure when one considers that the high estimate was just 80.

We suspect that this could mark the beginning of exciting times for collectors of whiskies from these two fine distilleries.

The auction result certainly took auctioneer McTear's by surprise, although it is unlikely to be complaining.

There was a similarly unexpected performance for a lot consisting of two bottles of Ardberg, one a 10-year-old, the other a 17.

 A double lot of Laphroaig and Springbank bottles made 750

Although Ardberg is highly regarded among connoisseurs, and limited edition bottles have sold for big sums in the past - a 1974 Double Barrel single-cask bottle made $16,103 at Bonhams in 2010 - these more routine specimens have not always been such big hitters.

The bottles sold for 500, against a high estimate of 120. Ardberg of all varieties is a name to look out for at future auctions.

At the higher end of things, a box of Sherriff's Bowmore made its estimate with a 6,100 showing, while a 70cl bottle of Black Bowmore 1964 - a true classic single Islay malt whisky - surpassed its 1,600 high estimate with a 1,700 performance.

Be sure to check back here regularly for future whisky sales. It is going to be fascinating to see how lots containing Laphroaig, Springbank and Ardberg bottles will be valued from now on.

Recent and Related Articles...

McTear's presents all the delights of Islay single malt Scotch whiskies | 19 July 2011

Tomorrow the Glasgow auctioneers's sale will be led by great drams from Bowmore and Port Ellen

Which collectible vintage wines should you be buying in 2011? | 18 July 2011

Vintage wine auction figures for the second quarter may surprise, and seduce you

Kovels reveals collectors' most popular internet search of 2011... | 15 July 2011

Could it be jewellery...? The collectibles price guide has once again revealed its most popular search

Second quarter Hong Kong wine sales are up 80% on 2010 | 15 July 2011

The growing wealth of Asian countries continues to shape vintage wine sales

Revealing the fine wine collections of 'godfather of satire' Sir David Frost | 13 July 2011

Famous for his celebrated interview with Richard Nixon, Frost has an extensive wine cellar

Image: McTear's

Share on social media
Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it