Bonhams auction house (Hong Kong) is set to break it’s own 2015 record, when they were the first to sell a complete set of Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series. That year the set sold for an eye watering HK$3,797,500 ($696,556 AUD), but Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Daniel Lam believes that this set will far exceed that total.
“Four years since the Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series set the world auction record at Bonhams, the current market demand is at its strongest for Japanese Whisky. It is believed that no more than four sets of Full Card Series exist in the world. Over the years, moreover, many bottles have either been consumed or strictly kept in private, making it harder than ever to assemble a complete – and with such trusted provenance – series.” (1)
The new set is boasting an estimated sale value of betwwen HK$4,500,000 – 6,000,000 (or up to 1.1 million AUD).
The collection comprises of 54 bottles representing each of the playing card in a full pack and includes jokers. Each ‘card’ was bottled from a single cask of premium whisky ranging in production years from 1985 to 2014 from the now nonoperational distillery of Hanyu which closed it’s doors in 2000.
The hammer is set to fall on 16th August in bonhams Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky auction so there is still time to re-mortgage if the desire suits. TWR will be watching from the sidelines.
- (1) Quote courtesy of Bonhams website.