Press Release – Rare Karuizawa Collection sells for £770,000.

Following on from my visit last month to the Whisky Auctioneer warehouse and my exclusive sneak peek at the world’s largest collection of rare Karuizawa whisky, it has been revealed that it has been sold for £770,000 in an online auction, in what is believed to be a world record for an auction of Japanese whisky.

A 70cl bottle of Karuizawa’s 1960 52 year old, one of just 41 bottles, sold for £100,100, setting a new UK and European record for a Japanese whisky (This explains why they didn’t let me touch it)

The collection of 296 bottles, which had been built up over the last 10 years by an anonymous European collector, easily surpassed the pre-auction estimated value of around £500,000.

The auction has attracted worldwide attention which has translated into more than 5093 bids for the bottles, and resulting in 89 successful buyers. 

In terms of bottles purchased, the Unites States was by far and away the most popular destination, with 84 bottles purchased by US buyers. Germany finished in second place with 43, Hong Kong with 40, the UK with 37 and Greece with 23. Other successful buyers came from countries including Taiwan, China, Singapore, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Ireland and Poland.


For those that are curious the top 10 bottles (by value) to be sold during the auction were bought for a combined £217,060, with 7 of these bottles purchased by buyers in Hong Kong and the other 3 heading to Germany.

* Karuizawa 1960 Single Cask #5627 / The Archer £100,100.00

* Karuizawa 1963 Single Cask 50 Year Old #5132 £24,700.00

* Karuizawa Honor Sumo Collection / ‪1981 / 1982 / 1983‬ £17,100.00

* Karuizawa 1964 Single Cask 48 Year Old #3603 / Wealth Solutions £17,100.00

* Karuizawa 45 Year Old Single Cask #1946 / Aqua of Life £12,700.00

* Karuizawa 1995 Single Cask 18 Year Old #5022 / Ghost Series #2 – Only 22 Bottles £10,300.00

* Karuizawa 1981 Single Cask #158 / Sakura Cask – Only 45 Bottles £9,700.00

* Karuizawa Four Decades Ghost Series #5 / 1 of 24 Bottles £9,260.00

* Karuizawa 1970 Single Cask #6227 / Geisha Label £8,100.00

* Karuizawa 1983 Single Cask #3557 / Nepal Bottling £8,000.00