A 50-Year-Old Yamazaki Bottle Will Go Up For Auction

A 50-Year-Old Yamazaki Bottle Will Go Up For Auction
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A range of $446,000 to $574,000 is expected to be achieved for the whiskey at auction.

One of no more than a dozen bottles of Yamazaki 50-Year-Old First Release are still believed to exist in the auction house's upcoming Hong Kong Fine & Rare Wine and Whiskey sale.

A legendary Japanese whisky, Yamizaki's 50-Year-Old First Release was released in 2005 and was so popular with connoisseurs that a second and third edition followed in 2007, respectively. There are only 50 bottles of the First Release, however, which makes it the rarest. A pre-sale estimate of $446,000 to $574, according to Christopher Pong, Bonhams' head of sales for wine and whiskey. Previous bottles of the run set auction records in 2018 and 2019. According to Bonhams, there will be a lot of interest in this expression.

An extremely rare bottle of Yamazaki whiskey, aged 50 years, is set to go up for auction next month. The bottle is one of only 50 that were ever produced, making it an extremely sought-after item for collectors and whiskey enthusiasts alike. The auction is being organized by Bonhams, a renowned auction house with locations all over the world.

The Yamazaki distillery, located in Japan, is known for producing some of the finest whiskey in the world. Its whiskies have won numerous awards and are highly sought after by collectors. The 50-year-old bottle that is up for auction is expected to fetch a high price, as it is one of the oldest and rarest bottles of Yamazaki in existence.

Whiskey enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the auction, with many speculating about how much the bottle will sell for. Some experts predict that it could go for as much as $100,000 or more. The bottle is sure to attract a lot of attention from collectors, investors, and connoisseurs, all vying for the chance to own a piece of whiskey history. Regardless of the final sale price, the auction of this rare Yamazaki bottle is sure to make headlines in the whiskey world.

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There are also 100 bottles of Yamazaki's oldest expression, last year's 55-Year-Old, which collectors will want to keep an eye on. The bottle comes with a 50ml sample and is estimated to fetch between $510,000 and $637,000. Also on sale is the Scotch collection compiled by Aaron Chan, the owner of Club Qing, one of Asia's leading connoisseurs.

Presale estimates for a Bowmore 1955 ceramic jug range from $19,000 to $26,000, while Tormore Samaroli-1966 ($23,000–$32,000) and Laphroaig Osteria Apostoli-1970-#4367 ($23,000–$32,000) are among the highlights. The Bonham's auction house calls Chan's collection one of the most diverse and extensive on the market.

Having set a new auction record for a Japanese whiskey collection in 2020 by auctioning Club Qing's Hanyu Full Card Series, Aaron has now consigned his personal Scotch collection to us, offering several old bottlings from the 1950s through the '60s, all in excellent condition. Bringing an Asian Scotch collection to the global market is rare, and this is definitely one to watch for.”

Those hoping to add a bottle of Yamazaki 50-Year-Old First Release or any other desirable lot to their collection should be on their toes for the Fine & Rare Wine & Whisky auction, which takes place on May 20 in Hong Kong.

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