Wednesday , June 7 2023

Rare Bottle of Irish Whiskey Sold for More Than Two Times Its Auction


A rare bottle of old Irish whiskey was sold for € 23,000, which is more than twice its auction value.

The bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey from 1880 was matured by the Cassidy family, making whiskey at its Co Kildare mill from 1784 to 1921.

In recent years, Ballykelly's mill has been rebuilt by businessman Paddy McKillon, who plans to open a distillery and visitor center on the site and revive Monasterewin's legacy of fine whiskey production.

Bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey from the 1880s (Eugene T Hamill / Victor Mee Auctions)
Bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey from the 1880s (Eugene T Hamill / Victor Mee Auctions)

The frontman of U2 Bono is believed to be an investor.

The bottle went under the hammer of Victor Mee Auctions in Cavan on Wednesday, with an estimate of between € 5,000 and € 10,000.

But he raised € 23,000 when the hammer went down on the final bid, far exceeding the expectations of the auction house.

A hand-blown unopened bottle is one of only two known bottles of this kind – the other is housed in the Irish Whiskey Museum.

It has been described as a stellar lot by the sale of rare ads, Memorabilia collections and Clermont architectural fittings that took place Tuesday and Wednesday.

Auctioneer Victor told me: “We knew that this bottle was extremely special because it is one of the rarest we have come across in many years to deal with whiskey and pubs memorials.

"There have been many candidates from far and wide interested in the Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey bottle, but we are pleased to say that it will remain in Ireland."

A number of other works from the Clermont Weapons Historic Tavern in Koh Lut have also received far more than their estimates.

Two extremely rare James McCendry Importers of Balimena Importers have also been sold for over € 4,000 each, with an estimated sale of between € 1,200 and € 1,800.

"These high-performance items from our latest sale are testament to the wide base of avid collectors and buyers who attend our monthly sales at our Cavan-based auction house, online and over the phone," added Mr Mee.

"We have enjoyed intense bidding on key pieces from this legendary tavern, with former patrons, avid collectors and locals all wanting to get some of the history of Irish hospitality."

– Press Association

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