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Sotheby's largest online auction to date

Microfox says: One of the most important auction lots is the first Prima & Ultima collection. Sotheby's is launching its largest online auction to date today.

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The auction, with a total of 267 lots from a number of countries including Scotland, Japan and India, is expected to realise over £850,000 and will end on 01 September 2020 UK time.

One of the most important lots in the auction was Prima & Ultima, the first new vintage whisky collection from the world-renowned liquor group Diageo, with only 238 sets available worldwide and already over-subscribed.

The collection consists of eight bottles, each personally signed by the world"s master blender, Dr Jim Beveridge. Pre-sale estimates for the entire collection range from £16,000 to £28,000, with proceeds from the sale going to the global water charity Water Aid.

The sale features a wide range of Macallan wines, spanning 1940 to 1976, in addition to the Prima & Ultima set, with a total pre-sale estimate of £619,460 to £840,450.

Another special highlight is a bottle of the '56 Macallan Rare Collection, valued at £35,000 to £48,000, one of 152 bottles in existence.

Other highlights include a 1979 Port Ellen Port Ellen (40 years) and a Baffle The Balvenie Tun 1401, as well as a 1970 Laphroaig Laphroaig (16 years).

Johnny Fowle, Sotheby's spirits specialist, said: "We are delighted to conduct our second spirits auction of the month, our largest online auction event with over 250 lots. The bids are testament to both the strength of the current whisky market and the success of the online auction format we are developing throughout 2020.