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2015 Round-up
Bonhams roars back in the U.S.

Whisky auctions at Bonhams are back! Only a year after they decided to suspend their October 2014 auction in New York, they re-opened their doors to whisky collectors and put on quite a show. Linking salerooms in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, top-notch drams were fought over producing some outstanding results and boosting the standings of Scotch whisky brands on the WMI.

The top whisky lot was The Dalmore Eos 1959 distilled 1951, which fetched a spectacular $22,000. Three bottles hit hammer prices of $20,000: The Balvenie Cask 191 50 Years Old, Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Years Old, and The Macallan Millennium Decanter 50 Years Old distilled in 1949. For the first sale ever, there was a complete set of Black Bowmore and a complete set of the Bowmore Trilogy (Black, Gold, and White) for sale: The Bowmore Trilogy made $20,000, whilst the original three bottles sold for less at $17,000. Not bad, for the convenience of acquiring an entire set in one transaction.

Brands outside of the WMI top 25 performed well, including the gloriously dark Glenrothes 1979 Single Cask #13458 for $1,920 and an Isle of Jura 40 Years Old 1966 that made $2,800. There were single cask exclusives from Park Avenue Liquor such as a tasty looking Glenfarclas 1981 27 Years Old single cask. I was delighted to see a couple of three bottle lots of Editor

Top 25 Chart

Price Chg
1 Karuizawa +4.2%
2 Macallan -0.6%
3 Overholt -2.9%
4 Bowmore -6.4%
5 Hanyu +4.1%
6 Ardbeg +1.2%
7 Port Ellen +16.2%
8 Glenfiddich -12.5%
9 Van Winkle -1.6%
10 Yamazaki +3.1%
11 Springbank +4.3%
12 Highland Park -9.0%
13 Glenlivet -12.2%
14 Dalmore -14.4%
15 Laphroaig -14.4%
16 Glenmorangie -4.3%
17 Glen Grant -1.2%
18 Balvenie -5.8%
19 Glenfarclas +0.2%
20 Bruichladdich -4.3%
21 Rosebank -1.7%
22 Nikka +4.8%
23 Hibiki +20.6%
24 Talisker -6.1%
25 Lagavulin +2.1%

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