‘World’s most expensive’ whisky miniature fetches £6,440 at auction

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The bottle sold for £6,640 (Whisky.Auction/PA)
The bottle sold for £6,640 (Whisky.Auction/PA)

A 50ml bottle of whisky has sold for £6,440, making it said to be the most expensive miniature ever sold at auction.

The Springbank single malt, distilled in 1919, was one of more than 400 bottles from a collection that sold for £56,732.95 after commission.

Just 24 full-size 700ml bottles were produced at the distillery in 1970 and it was once in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most expensive whisky.

Whisky collector and co-founder of the online whisky retailer The Whisky Exchange, Sukhinder Singh put together the collection over four decades.

Sukhinder Singh put collected the miniatures since the 1980s (Whisky.Auction/PA)
Sukhinder Singh put collected the miniatures since the 1980s (Whisky.Auction/PA)

He said: “I am extremely pleased that after 40 years of collecting these miniatures they have found their way into other collections around the world.

“Ten miniatures from my collection reached prices of £1,000 or more including the Springbank 1919, which achieved £6,440, breaking the record for the highest price ever paid for a miniature.

“I am thrilled to see that interest in miniature collecting is at an all-time high as it’s something I fell in love with four decades ago.”

Other stand-out miniatures from the sale via online auction site Whisky.Auction include a rare 1940s Glenfiddich Special with box, which went for £2,350, and a Macallan Spiral Label from the 1970s that sold for £2,185.

The Glenfiddich and box sold for £2530 (Whisky.Auction/PA)
The Glenfiddich and box sold for £2530 (Whisky.Auction/PA)

Mr Singh decided to sell a large proportion of his collection to make room for future purchases, keeping just one bottle from each distillery to go on display.

Isabel Graham-Yooll, auction director at Whisky.Auction said: “We have seen a wonderful renaissance in the appreciation of rare whisky miniatures.

“Bidders are willing to pay what seems like a lot of money for tiny bottles of whisky but it is the opportunity to taste a piece of history – particularly when standard 70cl or 75cl formats have become inaccessible for many enthusiasts to buy.”

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