Thursday, February 20, 2020


The Perthshire based Whisky Auctioneer, has announced record breaking hammer prices for the first part of its latest, and what has been described as the auction for "the world’s largest private whisky collection".

The auction for the collection which was built by the late Mr. Richard Gooding - an American private collector from Colorado, saw 1642 bidders from 56 countries around the world taking part.

Whisky Auctioneer breaks records with world's largest private collection

The highly coveted, valuable and rare Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Year Old with a hammer price of $1,072,000 broke the current world record hammer price of $912,000 set from October 2018.

The sale also creates a landmark moment for the secondary whisky market, with Whisky Auctioneer becoming the first online whisky auction to sell a million-dollar bottle. Bids for the lot came in from across 11 countries, including UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia with the eventual winning bid coming from Europe.

Another record breaking achievement within this auction includes the Macallan 1928 Anniversary Malt 50 Year Old which achieved a hammer price of  $119,863 which held a previous record hammer price of $93,819 when it was sold in October 2019.

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.

Commenting on the news, Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer said: “We always knew that The Perfect Collection by Mr. Gooding could make whisky history, but with auctions anything can happen. Not only was the highest ever sale price for Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami achieved at over a million dollars, Whisky Auctioneer became the first online whisky auction to sell a million dollar bottle, with multiple other lots achieving hammer price world records."

Iain went onto say: “All in all the first part of the collection sale achieved $4,277,000 (£3,290,000) of sales over 1,932 bottles. Featuring show stopping Macallan bottlings from the Lalique range, astonishingly rare and iconic bottlings including a lost distillery Old Orkney from Stromness Distillery which set a record selling at $33,891 (£26,000) with bidders battling it out in the final moments as well as  an Ardbeg 1974 Double Barrel reaching a hammer price of $27,705 (£21,250).”

Iain concluded by saying: "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. The final part of the sale starts on 10th April and contains incredibly desirable and rare bottles such as The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare and a 1937 Glenfiddich 64 Year Old. I would encourage those looking to bid to register to take part in the most exciting online whisky in the world to date.”

The second part of the auction will run from April 10th - 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. 

Posted by Steve Rush