Saturday, September 29, 2007

Whisky sells for record £29,400

An anonymous telephone bidder has paid a £29,400 for a 157-year-old bottle of whisky.

McTears auctioneers in Glasgow sold the Bowmore single malt, which was bottled in 1850 .

The price, a record for a Scotch whisky at auction, was almost double pre-sale estimates, despite the fact that the whisky's cork had dropped into the bottle.

Twin brothers William and James Mutter operated the Bowmore distillery from the 1850s until the early 1890s when Bowmore Distillery Company Limited was formed.

The bottle was presented to William Mutter in 1851 at the time of him giving up his share of the distillery and has remained in the family for generations.

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