Bonhams hosts record-breaking Japanese Whisky sale
Bonhams' latest Hong Kong Whisky sale saw impressive results, topped off by two new world record prices for Japanese whisky.
Topping the sale was a set of Hanyu Ichiro's Full Cards Series – a set of 54 bottles of whisky based on a deck of playing cards, with single cask vintages dating back to 1941.
It is believed that just three collectors in the world have managed to acquire a complete 54-bottle series. The set offered at Bonhams soared past its estimate of HK$1,800,000 - HK$ 2,400,000 to sell for HK$3,797,500 (£317,854) – a new auction record for any Japanese whisky series.
The sale's second world record went to the oldest Karuizawa whisky in the world – a bottle of 1960-52 year old known as 'The Cockerel'. One of just 41 bottles in existence, it sold for HK$918,750 – the highest price ever oaid for a single bottle of Japanese whisky.
Further notable results from the sale included a bottle of Dalmore Eos-1951-59 year old which sold for HK$294,000, a bottle of Balvenie-50 Year-#191 which sold for HK$245,000, a bottle of Karuizawa-1960-33 year old which realized HK$392,000, and a bottle of Karuizawa-45 year old which brought HK$269,500.
“As the first auction house that brought whisky sale to Asia in 2009, our Bonhams Hong Kong team has been working our best since then to introduce different exceptionally high quality whiskies to our clients around the world," said Daniel Lam of Bonhams' Hong Kong wine department.
"Tonight’s record result is the reflection of the strong demand for the outstanding quality of the whiskies in the sale, regardless of the recent global economic slowdown. We look forward to bringing even more good items to our buyers in our next sale in November.”
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