Rare Bowmore, 31, fetches big at Bonhams auction

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A rare bottle of Black Bowmore Aston Martin DB5-31-Year-Old-1964 recently sold for £115,900 at The Old, The Rare and The Only whiskey sale at Bonhams in London.

The special bottle was part of a single owner’s collection of rare whiskey for sale in the first round of this particular auction. The Black Bowmore was originally estimated at £75,000-85,000.

The bottle was the star act in what is described as one of the most comprehensive collections of rare whiskey to appear on the market in years, Bonhams believed. The one-owner private collection took over 20 years to assemble and included some of the most sought-after bottles in the whiskey industry.

Black Bowmore Aston Martin DB5-31 Years-1964 (image via Bonhams)

The second part of the sale will take place on Wednesday June 8 and will feature a new selection of some of the rarest and most sought-after bottles of single malt whiskies.

Other Highlights from the recent sale on April 13 included:

  • The Macallan Anecdotes of the Ages-1967. The third collaboration between the Speyside Distillery and pop artist Sir Peter Blake has been designed to celebrate The Macallan’s long history and Sir Peter’s prestigious career. Each bottle bears a label with artwork by Sir Peter, which is a replica of the bottle label kept in the archives of The Macallan. Sold for £42,700 (estimate: £35,000-40,000).
  • Ardbeg Double Barrel-1974. Two bottles of a limited edition of 250 pairs. Presented in an original custom leather-bound gun case made by Purdey & Sons, the pair comes with eight sterling silver engraved tumblers. Sold for £23,180 (estimate £20,000-25,000).
  • The Balvenie-50 years. A marriage of five 50-year-old casks hand-selected by Malt Master David Stewart, The Balvenie Distillery. Bottled on April 23, 2019, it comes in an original wooden presentation box handcrafted by Sam Chinnery. Sold for £19,250 (estimate: £18,000-20,000).
  • Mortlach-75 years-1939. Gordon & MacPhail’s Generations range features some of the longest aging Scotch whiskeys ever bottled. This 75-year-old Mortlach was the third outing in the series. Bottled in 2014 from a single first-fill sherry cask, it was filled in November 1939, just two months after the start of World War II. Sold for £18,300 (estimate: £15,000-18,000).
  • Glenfarclas 60 years. Bottled in 2014, it was one of 360 bottles. Sold for £15,860 (estimate: £14,000-16,000).

Diego Lanza, Bonhams senior whiskey specialist in London, said in a prepared statementDecanter 19 of just 27, this legendary vintage from Bowmore was first bottled in 1995. Renowned for its unparalleled taste, it was re-bottled in 2020 and presented in a decanter that incorporates a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston. “

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