This custom-made, 1950s bottle of Glengoyne’s Stirlingshire Killearn single malt whisky took £1150 at McTear’s whisky sale.

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Its 4ft 6 1/2in (1.38m) wide oval top had a central, mirror-veneered oval panel, surrounded by a rosewood cross-banded border and radiating maple segments.

It was consigned, together with several other quality entries, from a good private source and, although it suffered from some fading and losses, it went to an English dealer at £7000.

The same consignment included an early 20th century inlaid satinwood Carlton House writing desk which took £4100.

The trade recognised the quality of an unusual pair of Victorian glass oil lamps with their original opaque glass shades, reservoirs and octagonal glass columns with brass capitals, and took the bidding past the £400-600 guideline to a winning £2700.

TWO days earlier on September 22, Japanese, Europeans and Americans vied with British buyers at the third of McTear's triannual whisky sales this year to maintain the status of Scotch as Scotland's premier export.

Some 94 per cent of the 822 lots got away to total £126,000, and McTear's specialist Martin Green said: "I would say around 40 per cent of the sale was sold to foreign buyers many of whom were in attendance. Prices are definitely on the up."

One of the most unusual entries was a late 1950s bottle of single malt from Glen-goyne's Stirlingshire Killearn distillery.

"This was a very rare distillery bottling and was never on sale to the public," said Mr Green.

It was bottled specifically for a former owner of the nearby Netherton Inn in Blanefield and consigned by him at £150-200.

A European buyer secured it at £1150.