Lot 987 fetched £420 in our July 2019 auction. Items included Lagavulin single malt, Glengoyne single malt, John Power & Sons Irish Whiskey, Chartreuse liqueur, La Terre Rouge table wine and Cacao Choua Lagoute..
Whisky Galore, the famous film of 1949, depicts the true WWII story of a vessel, the SS Politician, which ran aground with a cargo of 264,000 bottles of malt whisky. In 1941, during gale force winds, she ran aground off the Island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. Locals plundered the cargo, and bottles which come up for sale today, and they do still pop up with amazing regularity, fetch eye watering prices, well in excess of £1000. But listen carefully to what we are about to tell you, because right now, there is a dramatic upsurge of interest in old (and also the not so old) whisky.
Indeed, it doesn’t stop at whisky, very recently, locally our whisky, wine and spirits expert Rod Gibson watched a bottle of Green Chartreuse liqueur, estimated at an adventurous £200 – £300, sell for £5,100. The bottle was perhaps 60 – 80 years old, the label was worn and damaged, but its hammer price far exceeded that of most people’s expectations in the saleroom that day. There is a high likelihood that 95% of us would have thrown this straight in the bin, fearing the contents would be undrinkable, and the bottle worthless. And so this is a salutary lesson.
Lot 1327 fetched £580 in our June 2017 auction and comprised a collection of various bottles of spirits including Finest old Demerara rum, James Norris Burslem, Hobsons black beer, Leeds and various ports etc
In a Louis Taylor sale recently we auctioned a bottle of Irish whisky, its contents partly evaporated from the cork due to a broken seal. Nevertheless, the bids soared away to £2,300, together with a bottle of Demerara Rum that fetched £600.
This Geo. Roe & Co Fine Old Irish Whiskey had the cork still intact and fetched £2,700 at our June 2017 auction.
The internet has brought about this dramatic and almost unbelievable collecting frenzy of buying these bottles to collect, not to drink. The craze may or may not (as we suspect) last, but whilst it does, there is money just waiting to be claimed here.
Find out now what your spirit or liqueur is worth, and how you can sell this in one of our Louis Taylor specialist auctions, and offer to a worldwide audience on the internet, fiercely competing against each other for these quirky items. Now don’t all expect that everything you have is going to make thousands, but it all sells at the moment, and some of it for absolutely hair raising figures. Ask to speak to our valuer today on 01782 638100.
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