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£1 Million Whisky Collection Goes Under The Hammer

7th February 2018
Bidding gets underway for the worlds largest private whisky collection which is estimated to fetch £1 Million.

£1 Million private whisky collection goes under the hammer.

Whisky history gets underway today (Friday) as the world’s largest private whisky
collection goes under the hammer. In what is a major coup for Scottish company
Whisky Auctioneer, not only is it the largest private collection of whisky ever to
go on sale, it is also the most extensive whisky collection to go to online auction.
Described as ‘The Perfect Collection’ - some of the bottles could potentially fetch
a hammer price of over £1 million. The Collection has already generated extensive
global interest and thousands have signed up to take part in the auction from
across the world.

Consisting primarily of single malt Scotch whisky, the collection of over 3,900
bottles will be sold across two auctions, the first part of which gets underway at
12:00pm GMT on Friday 7 February 2020. The second part will follow, launching
on 10 April 2020. With the sheer number of significant bottles on offer the two
part auction is aimed to allow buyers the time and space to explore the collection
in all its diversity.

The first auction includes 1,949 bottles including the highly coveted, valuable and
rare Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Year Old and Springbank 1919 50 Year Old.

The eclectic library of whiskies also consists of a number of bottlings from some
of Scotland’s lost distilleries, including an Old Orkney Real Liqueur Whisky circa
1930s from Stromness Distillery. Some of the bottles have never or rarely been seen
before at auction, by whisky experts or connoisseurs.

The auction will also feature an exceptionally large offering of The Macallan,
including revered releases from their Fine and Rare series and Lalique range, a
wide selection of Springbank, including examples of their celebrated 1960s vintage
Local Barley series and many stunning early 20th century vintage whiskies, such
as the Longmorn 1939 Mayor, Sworder and Co. and Talisker Berry Brothers and
Rudd circa 1930s vintage.

The Collection has been built and nurtured by the late Mr. Richard Gooding - an
American private collector from Colorado. Mr. Gooding spent decades in pursuit of
creating ‘The Perfect Collection’ of whisky, leaving no stone unturned by travelling
regularly to Scotland with his pilot in search of special bottles at auctions and

Until recently, the Collection has been housed in Mr. Gooding’s ‘Pub’ - a dedicated
room located in his Colorado family home that was specially designed to showcase
each one of his whiskies in all their glory.

Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer said:

"The Perfect Collection by Mr. Gooding is making whisky history. Amongst the
over 3,900 bottles is the largest collection of The Macallan ever to go to auction,
including the limited opportunity to acquire the 1926 Valerio Adami and 1926
Fine & Rare 60 Year Old bottlings. It is with great pleasure that we present The
Perfect Collection by Mr. Richard Gooding part one. Featuring some astonishingly
rare and iconic bottlings, many of which have scarcely been seen before on the
secondary whisky market, it is sure to excite much interest from across the globe.

"For me it is the diversity within The Perfect Collection that is perhaps the most
exciting aspect. The breadth makes it an opportunity accessible for all: from
those new to whisky collecting to the seasoned connoisseur looking to crown their
collection, there is something here for every whisky lover.’"

The first part runs until 17th February and can be found, along with photos
and condition reports, at whiskyauctioneer.com. The second part will run from
10th April - 20th April and contains the remaining bottles from The Collection,
including The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare, Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection 64 Year
Old and The Balvenie 1937 Pure Malt 50 Year Old. Registering to bid is easy and
no matter what whisky you are looking for, there is something for everyone.


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