Signed whisky sells for hand­some £6,000

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

A rare bot­tle of whisky, signed by the US pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump, has sold for £ 6,000 at auc­tion – more than dou­ble the ex­pected price.

The 26-year-old Glen­dronach sin­gle malt whisky was bot­tled in 2012 tomark­the open­ing of Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Links, Aberdeen­shire and its box was signed by Mr Trump when he vis­ited the course.

The lot, which in­cludes au­then­ti­ca­tion pa­pers, was put up by an anony­mous seller at McTear’s Auc­tion­eers in Glasgow, just a week be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Mr Trump as pres­i­dent.

The lim­ited edi­tion whisky was dis­tilled in 1985 and is one of only 504 bot­tles in ex­is­tence.

Other mem­o­ra­bilia with Mr Trump’s now­prized sig­na­ture, in­clud­ing books, caps, dol­lars and pres­i­den­tial cam­paign signs, are on sale on­line for hun­dreds of pounds.

McTear’swhisky­ex­pert Lau­rie Black con­firmed the item had been sold to a Cana­dian buyer for £6,000 fol­low­ing “in­tense on­line, phone and in-room bid­ding”.

Mr Black said: “There was a huge amount of in­ter­est in the bot­tle and we were de­lighted with the fi­nal price, which was sev­eral times more than pre­vi­ous Trump bot­tles have sold for.

“The Glen­dronach is a stun­ning whisky in its own right, how­ever the Trump con­nec­tion gave this par­tic­u­lar bot­tle a pres­i­den­tial boost.”

The sale fea­tured in McTear’s rare and col­lectable whisky auc­tion where a bot­tle of 52year-old Ma­callan 1950 fetched £10,000 while rare ex­am­ples of Spring­bank sin­gle malt went for the same amount.

“The prices achieved on the day re­in­force the view that rare and col­lectible whisky con­tin­ues to be a strong in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity.”

The man­age­ment of Mr Trump’s busi­nesses, in­clud­ing golf cour­ses in Aberdeen­shire­andTurn­berry, has been passed to his sons Eric and Don­ald Jr as he pre­pares to take up res­i­dence in the White House.

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