£8m whisky collection to be sold off
THE world’s largest private collection of whisky to go up for sale has been revealed.
The haul, which is expected to fetch up to £8m, comprises more than 3,900 bottles.
It includes a bottle of 1926 Fine and Rare Macallan, one of which recently became the most expensive in the world when it sold for £1.5m.
Richard Gooding, a former PepsiCo bottling magnate, built the collection over decades, regularly travelling to Scotland with his pilot from his home in the USA to source special bottles at auctions and distilleries before his death in 2014.
He kept the thousands of bottles in his own “pub” – a room in his family home in Colorado specially designed to display the collection.
After being contacted by his family, Perthshire business Whisky Auctioneer will sell the collection over two online auctions next year.
Mr Gooding’s widow, Nancy, said: “Richard truly loved and was proud of his collection and enjoyed sharing it with friends and fellow Scotch lovers in his ‘pub’ at home.”
The collection will go on sale over two auctions, from February 7 to 17 and April 10 to 20, via the Whisky Auctioneer website.