‘With supply being suppressed during the lockdown period and demand greater than pre-virus levels, we definitely saw an increase in prices’ said Adam Barr, Whisky specialist at Anderson & Garland, commenting of their auction held in mid-June, just 4 days after re-opening from a 10 week enforced shutdown.
This select auction, one of three held every year, fetched nearly £40,000 across 144 lots.
As always, Scottish buyers were out in force for the whisky lots.
Top selling items included a Macallan Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Single Malt, 2012, in presentation case, which sold to a buyer from Dunbartonshire for £2,800; A Macallan 25 Years Old Anniversary Malt, with original wooden presentation case, went to a buyer from Inverness for £2,400; a Macallan Archival Series Folio 4 single malt, in tin book style presentation case, sold to an Edinburgh collector for £750; and a Glendronach Trump International Golf Links limited edition 26 Years Old Single Malt, went to a Perthshire connoisseur for £880.
Amongst the wine lots there were several stand out items including six bottles of 1982 Vietti Barolo Della Localita Briacca, which sold to a London buyer for £680; two bottles of 1997 Chateau Latour, Pauillac, also selling to a London buyer at £480; and a single bottle of 1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, selling to a local collector for £300.
Not to be outdone, other sections offered up a few surprises too. Six cased magnum bottles of Fonseca's Finest 1970 Vintage Port sold to a buyer from Hampshire for £1,900: and a one-gallon demijohn flagon of original Royal Navy Pusser's rum, in its original wicker sleeve with wax seal sold for £1,300 to a buyer from Perthshire.
Adam finished by saying, ‘We foresee prices continuing to be buoyant throughout this year and probably beyond. To anyone wishing to benefit from this lift in values, our next sale is in November and we are currently inviting further entries’