Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits to be Led by the Legendary Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old | London – 2 to 3 December 2021

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Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits to be Led by the Legendary Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old | London – 2 to 3 December 2021





Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old (Estimate: £200,000 – 280,000)

Macallan Collection 1954-1986 (Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000)

LONDON – Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits auction on 2 and 3 December 2021 will present an extraordinary selection of leading spirits, highlighted by the legendary Springbank 1919, Macallan rarities and the finest releases from The Dalmore, Brora, Royal Salute and Ardross.

The leading lot of the sale is a bottle of Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old (estimate: £200,000 – 280,000), one of only 24 bottles of this legendary, historic bottling of Springbank. The bottle is offered from the collection of Le Clos (Dubai International Airport), who own one of the world’s greatest collections of whisky, and a further selection of auction highlights from the collection include Samaroli bottlings, a collection of The Macallan covering the years 1954 – 1986, rarities from The Dalmore Constellation range and a fantastic collection of Brora annual releases.

Noah May, Christie’s Head of Department, Wine & Spirits: “We are delighted to offer this superlative selection of whiskies in our upcoming sale of Finest and Rarest Wines & Spirits. The scope is varied and marked by the singular characteristics and quality of the bottles and casks on offer. We are honoured to collaborate with Le Clos (Dubai International Airport) to offer a bottle of Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old, one of the rarest whiskies ever to be bottled, into a buoyant market, where sophisticated collectors can be observed competing for the rarest items. It is a pleasure too, to work with the team at Ardross to present three extremely rare casks of whisky.”

Rare bottles of Japanese whisky also appear in the upcoming sale including the famous Hibiki 30 Year Old (estimate: £6,000 – 8,000 per 3), alongside Karuizawa whisky (estimate: £1,200 – 1,600). Located on the slopes of Mount Asama, an active volcano near the Nagano Prefacture in central Japan, Karuizawa began production in 1957 and was owned by The Mercian Corporation.  Only Golden Promise barley and sherry casks were used to make Karuizawa whisky, with wooden wash backs and water from the active volcano. The Karuizawa distillery closed in 2001, making it a ghost distillery, where bottles continue to be released from previously filled barrels even after production has closed. It is a very rare and collectible bottle.

Further highlights of the auction include a treasured bottle of Royal Salute 50 Year Old, Coronation Cask (estimate: £18,000 – 28,000). Decorated in silver and gold, this collectible flagon of whisky was bottled in 2003 to mark the 50th Year of Elizabeth II’s reign.

Christie’s is delighted to present a very rare opportunity to acquire three exceptional casks of Single Malt from the Ardross Distillery, Northern Highlands. This highly collectible lot (estimate: £80,000 – 130,000) showcases the three founding expressions of this future Scotch Whisky classic: The Ardross 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Cask (approximately 200 litres), The Ardross Sherry Cask (approximately 500 litres), and The Ardross Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask (approximately 450 litres). Each cask will be adorned with a copper plaque to be engraved with the buyer’s name and will be stored and insured in the Ardross’ Bonded warehouse at no cost for a period of up to 50 years.  

The sale will also present a selection of whiskies on behalf of The Whisky Magazine. Proceeds raised from this offering of mixed lots will be donated to The Rare and Endangered Species Trust, Co’Lu’Bi Wildlife Sanctuary, The Drinks Trust and Project Rhino.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai). Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from £200 to over £100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace. Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment.

As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global live streaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats.

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price – see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

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