The bottle achieved HK$2.3 million (US$298,879) – twice its already "high" estimated price, during the first Fine and Rare Sale for 2018 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
In total the sale achieved and eye watering HK$47.9m (US$6.1m) and was largely populated with Burgundy and only a small quantity of rare malt whiskies.
The Yamazaki was the single most expensive lot sold at the sale, and was joined in the top 10 by a decanter of The Macallan’s 50 year-old 1949 fetching (HK$492,000/US$62,922) and another Japanese whisky, the 1965 Karuizawa 50 Year Old.
Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine Asia, told us “With the hammer dropping above the high estimate, this was an incredible way to kick off our 2018 sales in Hong Kong! Once again we saw active bidding from across Asia, underpinned by discerning buyers here in Hong Kong"
Paul Wong, Specialist, Sotheby’s Wine, Asia, added “We are absolutely thrilled with the new world auction record set by the Yamazaki Aged 50 Years NV, the highest price achieved for any single bottle of Japanese Whisky, illustrating a whisky market in full swing! ”
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