April 2024 Miniatures, Memorabilia & Books Auction Results

Take a look through some of the auction highlights from our April 2024 Miniatures, Memorabilia & Books Auction.

April 2024 Miniatures, Memorabilia & Books Auction Results

Another exciting Miniatures, Memorabilia & Books auction came to a close last night. Read on to discover the highlights from our April 2024 Miniature auction results.

Ceramic decanters

Mini Ceramic Decanters

The star lot of our April Miniatures auction was a group mostly consisting of mini ceramic Bells Decanters, which achieved a hammer price of £1,600. The group included rare Cherrybank Gardens editions, named for the Perth gardens adjacent to the Bell’s headquarters, the 1986 ‘Chairman of the Year’ decanter and a 1986 ‘visit to Scotland’ decanter. Meanwhile, these Glenfiddich 12 Year Old ceramic decanters bottled for the mini bottle collector club of Peru meetings reached £290 in their first appearance in our auctions. An assorted selection of royal themed mini decanters hit £190, while a set of commemorative ceramic minis from Pointers of London reached a grand total of £170.

Old and rare

Old & Rare Minis

The oldest and rarest minis are those that inspire the most passion (and the most competitive bidding) in our auctions. Last night saw this extremely rare Old Orkney ‘0.0.’ Real Liqueur Whisky reach a hammer price of £1,050, while this lovely little Glenfiddich from the 1940s reached £240. Old Irish Whiskey was in demand too, with this Burke’s 3 Star 10 Year Old from the 1930s hitting £100 with a last minute bid.

Historic whisky equipment

Historic whisky equipment

Our Miniatures & Memorabilia auction facilitates the sale of interesting (and niche) whisky related equipment and these lots always draw plenty of interest. Last night saw this rare Sike’s Hydrometer set, produced in the late 19th century and used to test the alcoholic content of liquid, sell for £625. These beautiful old whisky printing plates reached £250, while an old Cooper’s Adze, made by Mathieson & Sons, Glasgow, hit a hammer price of £110.

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky

Suntory and Yamazaki dominated the Japanese whisky category in our minis auction, with two Suntory Whisky 100th Anniversary 18cl bottles, one Suntory Whisky and one Suntory Kansha, selling for £370 each. A Yamazaki 12 Year Old Distillery Label bottled in the 1990s reached £310, while this Yamazaki Kakubin Genshu, a founding whisky of the Suntory company, reached £130.

Single Malt Scotch

Single Malt Whisky

Single malt miniatures garner the most interest from bidders in our Miniatures & Memorabilia auction, and last night was no exception. We saw an Ardbeg 1999 Galileo with cocktail shaker sell for £550, while two mini Macallan Private Eye’s reached £330 and £290. Independent bottlers were amongst the top lots with this Port Ellen 12 Year Old from James Macarthur settling on £260, while a Mortlach 1936 50 Year Old from Gordon & Macphail reached £70.

Roundup

There were some lovely vintage Macallan minis available last night, including these 1964 and 1967 vintages which both reached £130. The 1963 and 1966 vintages were just a little lower at £85 and £90 respectively while this rare old Talisker 1955, bottled in 1992 hit £150.

Finally, always of interest are the prohibition medicinal liquor prescriptions, with a pristine example from 1929 reaching a hammer price of £300 while an old first edition of Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald settled at £250.

See the full April Miniature, Memorabilia & Books Auction results highlights here.

See all our past auction roundups here.