Mr. Ellen, the information I have is that the original prices were in the region of €80, €120 & €180 for the three releases.
However, these prices are pretty irrelevant today as the current market value is exactly as has been quoted.
When looking at whisky as an investment one must look towards the mid to long term. In this case the Black Bowmore has been an excellent investment for those who bought at the original price.
As posted elsewhere, I do keep track of many current market prices and also has been shown, the €1800 is not a bad price in todays market. I most certainly have not seen any sold for as little as €1500 for quite some time and I speak of years, not months.
The prices achieved and quoted by McTears are always on the low side compared to other online outlets, whether auction sites or online shops, due to the "Buyer premium" of 15% over end price, plus VAT on the 15%. If you calculate this, then you will see that the earlier quoted price at McTears is also in line with my own earlier post.
In addition, I know it always speculation, but I believe that anyone buying this bottle today for €1800 will make a good investment over a period of 5-10 years. By good investment, I mean at least comparable to any UK or German bank account and probably better.
For the "Drink not invest" people on this forum, then if they have €1800 to spend on a whisky and want to try Black Bowmore, then why not?