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March 21, 2012 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

A 1955 bottle of Glenfiddich malt whisky named after the oldest woman in Scotland has realised US$94,000 (£59,335) at a New York auction.

In Lancashire, antique desks and open bookcases aren’t the only things to go under the hammer at auction. Alcoholic beverages can be just as valuable – such as the bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve which was sold in New York recently. A spokesman for the Glenfiddich distillery said the bottle was the most expensive ever to be sold at auction.

The tipple was named after Janet Sheed Roberts, William Grant’s granddaughter, who was the founder of the Glenfiddich distillery. It was Mrs Sheed’s 110th birthday last August, so eleven bottles of the rare malt have been released for public sale – one for each decade of her life. The first, auctioned by Bonhams of Edinburgh in December 2011, realised £46,850 – at the time the world record for a single bottle of malt. A second bottle realised £44,000 at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. The bottle sold in New York was the third to go under the hammer. While these auctions were specialist affairs, commissions were just as high as those seen for antique furniture.

When Mrs Roberts was photographed in sprightly mood, sitting in front of her antique desk in a Victorian dining chair, it’s hard to imagine she was born just a year after Queen Victoria died. In Preston, antique dealers sell quality fine furniture that will similarly see you into your old age – though a wee dram also helps.

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