RARE SET OF HANYU ICHIRO’S ‘CARD SERIES’ OFFERED IN HK AUCTION NEXT MONTH
By Susan Lewis
A full set of very rare Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Card Series’ of Japanese whiskies will be offered by Bonhams in an auction to be held in Hong Kong on 16 August.
The collection, believed to be the most expensive Japanese whiskies in the world, has an estimate of HKD4.5 to 6 million (USD572,940 to 763,920).
The full card series contains 54 bottles in total, each one containing spirit drawn from a single cask between 1985 and 2014.
The Hanyu distillery was closed in 2014, full sets of Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Card Series’ are very hard to find.
Another full series was previously sold by Bonhams in 2015 for HKD3.7m, which was 18% lower than the low estimate of the set to go under the hammer next month.
Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, commented: “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.”
(the writer can be contacted at: SusanLewis@thewinechronicle.com)
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