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Japanese Yamazaki Whisky Sells for $33,000 at Bonhams

Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Five bottles of Japanese single malt Whisky by Hanyu Ichiro for sale at Bonhams Hong Kong auction on Aug. 15, 2014. Source: Bonhams courtesy of Bloomberg

A bottle of Yamazaki 50 Year Old single malt whisky fetched HK$257,250 ($33,190) at a Bonhams sale in Hong Kong, the auction house said in an e-mail.

Bonhams sold HK$6.56 million worth of whisky with 97 percent of the lots sold. The top lot was a Macallan 55 Year Old limited edition in a Lalique crystal decanter that fetched HK$294,000.

Bottled in 2011 after 50 years spent aging in a Japanese oak cask, the Yamazaki is one of only 150 bottles produced, and sold above its high estimate of HK$190,000 Bonhams said.

Six of the 10 top lots were Japanese whiskies, including those from Karuizawa, a distillery that closed in 2001, and bottles from Hanyu Ichiro’s playing card series that are highly sought by collectors.

A Hanyu Ichiro set featuring a “flush” poker hand made up of five bottles, each made from a separate cask, indicated by labels running from the ace to five of clubs, sold for HK$159,250 compared with a high estimate of HK$120,000.

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