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Glenfiddich 1937 breaks auction records


A rare bottle of Glenfiddich containing malt whisky distilled in 1937 fetched a record £68,500 at auction – almost double its pre-sale high estimate.

Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937
Rare beast: This 1937 Glenfiddich sold for £22,500 more than a similar bottle sold four years ago

The bottle of Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 had been expected to sell for £25,000-35,000 when it went up for sale at Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday, but instead went to a bidder from the Far East for £68,500.

The sum is the highest price paid at auction for a bottle of Glenfiddich, and a Scottish auction house record for the sale of a single malt.

The single malt was distilled and laid down in cask 843 at the Glenfiddich distillery in Speyside in 1937, and was bottled in 2001, 64 years later.

The oldest and rarest expression ever released by Glenfiddich, only 61 bottles of Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 were released, at 40% abv. In 2012, auction house Christie’s sold one for £46,000.

The Bonhams sale netted total proceeds of £310,000.

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