Sotheby’s accounced that the distillers one for one whisky auction broke multiple records on Friday 6th October, helping to raise £2.25m for the distillers charity. The auction was held at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh and it marked the second collaboration between Sotheby’s and The Distillers’ Charity. An extraordinary lineup of specially crafted whiskies were being auctioned including highlights like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s “The Only Drop” and Bowmore’s oldest whisky release ever.
The £2.25 million that was raised surpassed double its pre-sale low estimate. Over 200 guests attended the event, with £1.8 million in hammer proceeds going to The Distillers’ Charity’s Youth Action Fund.
One of the standout moments was the sale of the oldest-ever Bowmore whisky, which achieved a record-breaking £562,500. As well as this, the Brora Iris 50 Year Old 1972 set a new record as the highest price for a bottle from the Brora distillery at £400,000.
Another highlight was the Christmas at Hazelwood advent calendar, which more than tripled its pre-sale low estimate, selling for £47,500. The Last Drop Blending Experience, offering the winning bidder the chance to create their own aged, blended Scotch, achieved an impressive £60,000, more than quadrupling the pre-sale low estimate.
Grant Gordon, chairman of The Distillers’ Charity, highlighted the impact of the funds raised, stating, “This year’s auction has once more raised a substantial amount of funds, which will contribute towards our aspiration of changing the lives of another 1,000 young people across Scotland in the next two years.”