Bonhams to Auction Dalmore 50-year-old

A rare bottle of Dalmore 50-year-old 1926 leads Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday 6 June. It is estimated at £10,000-14,000.

The Whisky, which has been described as having the complex aroma of old English marmalade, ripe bananas, treacle toffee, and fruitcake, comes in a ceramic decanter with its own presentation case. Unusually, the Dalmore Stag emblem is completely intact.


The sale has a particularly strong offering of Macallan Whiskies with more than 45 bottles. 25 of these come from a distinguished Italian collection and include a bottle of the Macallan 1954 and of the Macallan 1955, each estimated at £3,800-4,200. Also included in the sale are two bottles of the Macallan-Glenlivet 35-year-old 1938; the Macallan-Glenlivet 35-year-old 1940, and the Macallan-Glenlivet 35-year-old 1938. Each pair of these bottles is estimated at £3,400-4,000.

Among Macallan Whiskies in the sale from other collections is a bottle of the Macallan 1951. One of only 632 bottles, this is estimated at £10,000-12,000. Also included in the sale is a bottle of the Macallan Private Eye bottled to mark the 35th anniversary of the satirical magazine which is estimated at £3,500-4,000. Finally comes a bottle of the Macallan 1957. Bottled in 1982 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Rinaldi Brothers Inc., it is estimated at £3,000-4,000.


Bonhams Whisky specialist in Edinburgh, Martin Green said: “We are very fortunate for this sale to have such an impressive number of Macallan Whiskies of such wide variety and exceptional quality. I am anticipating keen interest from collectors”.

According to Bonhams Global CEO Matthew Girling: “When I’m asked what distinguishes us from other international auction houses, I could mention our innovative sales, our world records or our Michelin-starred restaurant. But having joined Bonhams in 1988 – I started in the jewelry department at Bonhams Knightsbridge – I know that the most important element of the company are our specialists.”

“This is where the true source of our strength resides. We offer items in 60 different categories – the broadest range for an international auction house – and every single department is fuelled by passion.”

According to The Dalmore: “Conventionally, Whisky stills are uniform in shape and size. Luckily for Whisky drinkers though, The Dalmore is never one to let convention stand in the way of making the best Whisky possible. We believe the combination of different stills, of various sizes, produce a stronger and more complex character. So even though their irregular shapes mean that the distillation needs more skill, care, and attention, the exceptional Whisky makes it all worthwhile.”


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas.

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