Pappy Van Winkle Bottle Sells for Shocking Price at Auction
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‘Far Beyond Anyone’s Expectations’: Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Expected to Sell for Below $5,000 Goes for More Than $52,000 at Auction

Pappy Van Winkle

This Pappy Van Winkle bottle sold for $52,500 at a Sotheby’s Auction. (Photo: Sotheby’s)

At a whiskey auction this weekend conducted by Sotheby’s Auction House, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old Family Reserve sold for $52,500 — more than a dozen times the high end of the bottle’s pre-sale estimated range of $3,000-$4,000.

Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s head of whisky & spirits, North America and EMEA, said that the auction “marked a remarkable end to a year that has seen prices soar for American whiskey at Sotheby’s,” according to The Drinks Business. “It was exciting to be on the rostrum conducting the sale for this record-breaking bottle, which went far beyond anyone’s expectations,” he continued.

Three more of the same 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bottles with the same $3,000-$4,000 pre-sale estimation sold for far beyond that range, as well, with two going for $47,500 and the fourth being bought for $40,000.

Additionally, a six-bottle collection of Pappy Van Winkle bottles released between 2017 and 2021 sold for $40,000, far beyond its expected range of $8,000-$12,000, while a six-bottle collection of Pappy bottlings released between 2018 and 2021 with the same pre-sale estimate sold for $47,500.

The biggest seller of the auction was a bottle of extremely rare Yamazaki 55 Year Old, which sold for $425,000 — well within its pre-sale estimated range of $350,000-$500,000.

Other notable sales included:

  • A bottle of The Macallan The Red Collection 78 Year Old, expected to sell for between $70,000 and $90,000, sold for $106,250.
  • Nine bottles of  Old Overhold Rye Whiskey 1908, expected to sell for between $26,000 and $40,000, sold for $52,500.
  • A bottle of The Macallan The Red Collection 40 Year Old, expected to sell for between$16,000 and $20,000, sold for $27,500.
  • A bottle of Highland Park 50 Year Old, expected to sell for between $15,000 and $20,000, sold for $30,000.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.