Thursday, February 25, 2021


Whisky Auctioneer, has announced that it’s Perfect Collection whisky auction, has become the highest value private collection ever to sell on the secondary market at auction, after it managed to hit a final hammer price of £6,675,000.

The auction of 3,900 bottles which closed on Monday night, had to be hosted in two parts, due to the size of the collection which was curated by private collector Richard Gooding, who dedicated two decades of his life in pursuit of the perfect collection.

Perfect whisky collection sets record at auction

The final second part of the auction saw 1,557 bidders in total from 54 countries battling it out for over 1,900 lots of some of the most exciting whiskies in existence. The most expensive bottle in the collection; The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare 60 Year Old, sold for a hammer price of £1m. Part one of the auction saw The Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Year Old sell for £825,000.

By bringing the value and the stories of the expressions in Richard Gooding’s Collection to life, the Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer online auction house, has connected whisky lovers and investors worldwide to one-of-a-kind bottles, resulting in some of the highest value whisky sales ever seen on the secondary market.

Commenting on the news, Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer said: “This auction was solely dedicated to one collector's magnificent library of whisky - a man who was dedicated to building The Perfect Collection.  As enthusiasts of whisky ourselves, we knew that this collection deserved its own spotlight to allow us to truly convey the rarity and sheer scale of something so historic. In total, Mr. Gooding’s collection has sold for over $9m at hammer price, with two bottles breaking $1m each.”

He went onto say: “The results from The Perfect Collection clearly show that our auction model is significantly shaking up the traditional secondary market. By bringing transparency, true expertise and engaging content to our customers we are offering something fresh, yet accessible to those across the globe interested in whisky.”

Other highlights of the auction and their final hammer prices included: The Macallan 1940 Fine & Rare 37 Year Old (£28,000), Bowmore 1967 Largiemeanoch 12 Year Old (£23,000), Balvenie 1961 Vintage Cask #4194 (£16,500) and Dallas Dhu 1921 Private Cask 64 Year Old (£15,500).

Posted by Steve Rush