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Bonhams offer rare whiskies and coveted cognacs in Hong Kong

Rare whiskies and coveted cognacs will go under the hammer in Hong Kong next month, as part of a dedicated Bonhams sale of fine wines and spirits.
Leading the line-up is the Louis XIII Black Pearl, a highly rare Remy Martin cognac aged for more than a century in one of the company’s oldest barrels.

Offered in a limited-edition Baccarat crystal decanter, numbered 75 of 358, the cognac is expected to attract bids from around the world and comes with an estimate of HK$350,000-$450,000 (US$45,120-$58,015).

The selection of whiskies on offer includes some of the finest examples from Scotland and Japan. A particular standout lot is The Macallan Lalique-57 year old, presented in a Lalique Crystal decanter numbered 17 of 400 and valued at HK$210,000-$250,000 (US$27,075-$32,230).

Bidders will also have the chance to acquire numerous vintage bottles from the Karuizawa distillery, including a bottle of Karuizawa-1963-50 year old estimated at HK$200,000-$280,000 (US$25,785-$36,100) and a pair of Karuizawa-45 year old-Water of Life valued at HK$150,000-$190,000 (US$19,340-$24,500).

Wine highlights include a magnum of Richebourg, Henri Jayer 1985 estimated at HK$160,000-190,000 (US$20,630-$24,500), along with more than 50 lots of the celebrated Bordeaux 2005 vintage.

"For our May sale we have a very strong selection in all categories," said Daniel Lam, whisky and wine specialist at Bonhams in Hong Kong.

"Old bottling of Karuizawa is very much in demand and we have over 20 bottles on offer. We have sold The Louis XIII Black Pearl is a particular highlight which has sold very well at previous auctions and very successfully in the past and I am expecting great interest in the 2005 Bordeaux."

The Bonhams Fine Wine, Whisky and Cognac Sale takes place in Hong Kong on May 20.

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