World's most expensive bottle of whisky at Edinburgh Bonhams?

If you had the money, would you spend it on a £23,000 bottle of whisky? Maybe you wouldn't (and neither would I). But some daring soul has done just that. Last November, the Edinburgh branch of auctioneers Bonhams sold a 1858 bottle of Dalmore Oculus for £23,000, according to local paper, the Edinburgh Evening News.

Next month, on 3 March, Bonhams is hosting another whisky sale at its Edinburgh branch. It will feature a rare bottle of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch that experts believe will sell for between £5,000 and £7,000. It must taste pretty good.


Affordable whisky too

If that's outside your budget (and, frankly, it's hard to imagine many people willing or able to blow that much on booze) the sale includes more affordable whiskies too, with prices starting from around £100.

Until relatively recently, Bonhams; Edinburgh operations were based in an office on George Street, which has become the city's most upmarket shopping street. The firm has since moved a few streets away, to neighbouring Queen Street, where it has state-of-the-art offices and auction room.


Jewellery, silver, clocks

Over the coming months, the Edinburgh branch has a number of tempting auctions scheduled. Following the whisky sale in early March, jewellery and silver sales will be taking place. March 19 sees a works of art sale, with clocks and scientific instruments going under the hammer on the same date.

Sales of furniture, carpets, rugs, Asian art, European ceramics, pictures and prints are also taking place in coming weeks. Later in the year, the firm will be hosting a dedicated Scottish Sale to coincides with Edinburgh's International Arts Festival.

If you are new to the world of fine whisky, art and antiques, specialists at the firm will provide friendly guidance on how the bidding system works. It might be worth going along to a couple of auctions as a spectator before actually making a bid, so as to get a better sense of the process.


Word of warning

One word of warning to those new to this world. Experts warn first-time buyers caught up in auction room excitement against bidding more than intended. It can be easy to spend too much.

No danger of that for me, and I say that with some sorrow. For now, alas, I will be sticking to mid-priced white wine as my favourite tipple. But if you are serious about whisky, next month’s sale could be just your thing.


Bonhams, 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX Tel: 0131 225 2266

Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

If you have an antique or painting you are interested in valuing, then contact Bonhams for a free and confidential valuation.

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