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Sotheby’s sells most valuable Moutai to date

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Premium public sale home Sotheby’s is providing its most costly Moutai lot but, together with uncommon Japanese and Scotch whiskies.

Kweichow Moutai Sotheby's

Bidding opened yesterday for Sotheby’s sale of uncommon Moutai bottlings and whiskies

The auctioneer opened bidding yesterday (2 June), and is main the sale with 24 bottles of Chinese language baijiu producer Kweichow Moutai’s Sunflower 1974.

It’s the priciest Moutai assortment that Sotheby’s has supplied thus far, with an estimated worth of £200,000-450,000 (US$283,600-638,000). It’s also the primary Moutai lot that Sotheby’s has auctioned within the UK.

By way of Japanese whisky, Sotheby’s is promoting 32 bottles from a single assortment, which notably consists of the Karuizawa Cask #5267 1960 – beforehand probably the most helpful Japanese whisky on the planet, as Sotheby’s bought a bottle for £363,000 (US$435,273) final yr.

The Scotch whisky class is fronted by two bottles produced at Islay’s Bowmore Distillery, each distilled within the Sixties. The Bowmore Samaroli Bouquet 1966 was bottled in 1984, with an estimated worth of £35,000-48,000 (US$49,600-68,000). Sotheby’s at present holds the file for the ensuing valuation of this bottle, which fetched £72,600 (US$102,947) in October 2019.

The public sale additionally presents quite a lot of long-aged expressions from the Speyside area in Scotland, together with Glenlivet Gordon and Macphail Generations 70 Yr Previous, which was distilled in 1940, with an estimated worth of £3,000-4,000 (US$4,254-5,672).

Lastly, the public sale will provide the possibility to buy The Macallan’s 78 Yr Previous from The Pink Assortment, claiming to be the oldest age assertion whisky ever launched by the maker. That is estimated to fetch £60,000-90,000 (US$85,000-127,600).

Bidding on the 75-lot sale runs till 18 June. For extra info, go to

Sotheby’s just lately bought rapper Jay-Z’s signed 1969 bottle of D’Ussé Cognac in March 2021 for as much as US$52,500.

Additionally, Macallan’s 1967 whisky from its new Anecdotes of Ages Assortment bought at Sotheby’s for US$437,500 in New York Metropolis earlier this yr.

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