Online auction platform Whisky Auctioneer witnessed a record year after sales reached almost £30 million (US$40m) in 2020.
The Perth-based auctioneer has hosted 17 online auctions since January 2020 and received on average 100,000 bids per month this year. Whisky Auctioneer also conducted deliveries to 74 countries around the world.
Between mid-October and mid-November, the business experienced its largest month in value and volume. Sales during the period included a £375,000 (US$503,000) hammer price for an exclusive Bourbon and American whiskey auction, £3.3m (US$4.4m) for its regular monthly October Auction, and £218,000 (US$293,000) in sales during a specialist Glenfiddich auction.
Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This year has been a huge year for the business, with 17 online auctions under our belt, substantial growth in online bidders, and ultimately, having the privilege to bring some of the most special whiskies in existence to our global customer base.”
Whisky Auctioneer’s final sale of 2020 has also gone live on the firm’s website today (23 December).
McClune added: “Our final sale of what I can only describe as a record year for Whisky Auctioneer culminates in the auction of one of the most complete and varied collections of whiskies from iconic distilleries, including Bowmore, Springbank and Glenfarclas.”
The December auction is the first time that a complete collection of original first editions from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range (1952-1994) has become available on the secondary market.
The sale also includes the Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen’s Visit and vintage Bowmore expressions, including the 1966 Bowmore Samaroli Bouquet. Bidders will also find the Laphroaig 1967 and 1970 bottlings, the Glenlivet 1955 Handwritten Label, Glen Ord 1967 Bouquet and Springbank 12 Year Old.
Whisky Auctioneer will also offer expressions from The Macallan Red Collection and Macallan in Lalique series.
Last month, Whisky Auctioneer opened an office in Germany to minimise the impact of Brexit on its business.
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Author: Owen Bellwood