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“We have seen a dramatic rise in prices for whisky over the last couple of years, with increased interest from private buyers as well as specialist buyers in this field,” he adds.

The wine and whisky section of the September 11 Collectors, Sporting & Textiles auction included a bottle of The Macallan, single Highland malt Scotch whisky, 18 years old, distilled in 1972, bottled 1990, in the original cardboard box, estimated at £800-1200.

It came from a property in Bristol with a large variety of items for auction and was purchased for £1600 by a private buyer in Scotland after attracting a lot of pre-sale interest.

From the same vendor, a bottle of John Jameson, 37 years old, catalogued as ‘75cl, 40° proof, fill low neck, label worn, foil cap good’, featured a label reading This extremely rare whiskey was purchased by Averys in May 1949.

This very last butt was bottled in the Spring of 1987. Against a guide of £200-300, it took £800 – returning to Ireland thanks to a private buyer.