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Whisky

Bonhams Whisky auctions offer old, rare and commemorative bottlings, ranging from Scotch whiskies including The Macallan, Glenfiddich and Bowmore to Japanese whiskies such as Yamazaki, Karuizawa and Hanyu, as well as whiskies from Ireland and America. We hold several auctions a year in Edinburgh and Hong Kong.

As the market leader for Japanese whisky, we set a world auction record for a bottle of Japanese whisky with the sale of a Yamazaki-55 Year for HK$6,200,000 (US$795,000) in August 2020. We have also achieved exceptional results for a Macallan-1991 cask sold for HK$4,464,000 (US$ 572,251), the highest per-bottle price for any whisky cask at auction, and outstanding sales for bottles of Macallan Peter Blake-1926-60 year old in both Hong Kong and Edinburgh. Other highlights include The Glenfiddich Collection 1937, which achieved a record-breaking £68,500 in 2016, and the Macallan Lalique 55-year-old, which sold for £82,960 in 2021.

Buying and selling whisky and fine spirits at Bonhams
With offices and representatives in nearly 50 locations, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors, to achieve the highest price and level of customer satisfaction possible.

Bonhams Whisky department has specialists in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and London, and consultants across America and Europe. Our expert team follow the latest market trends for whisky and other collecting categories - since 2021, we have offered Be@rbrick alongside whisky as a collectable unit. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Martin Green

Head of Department

Martin Green has been the whisky specialist at Bonhams since 2008 after a career in whisky auctions stretching back over 30 years. He is credited with devising and holding the first ever dedicated whi…

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Daniel Lam

Director - Wine & Spirits, Asia

Daniel is a Wine and Whisky specialist, who joined Bonhams Hong Kong in 2008 after 18 years in the wine and food industry. Since then, he has held regular wine auctions and pioneered Asia's first whis…

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Diego Lanza

Senior Specialist

Diego Lanza is Senior Specialist for Whisky at Bonhams New Bond Street in London. His areas of expertise include Scotch and world whiskies, old and rare spirits such as old Cognac and Rum, and also Ch…

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