The world’s largest private-owned collection of whiskey, with some bottled priced at $1m, will go up for auction this spring. 

Known as “The Perfect Collection” a privately-owned compilation of whiskey is expected to fetch over $8 million at online auction, in February 2020. The collection, owned by Richard Gooding, contains some of the most coveted, valuable and rare bottles from distilleries including The Macallan, Bowmore, and Springbank, some of which are individually valued at over £1m.

By value and volume, the collection is the most significant to ever go on public sale. The Collection has been built and nurtured by the late Richard Gooding - an American private collector from Colorado. Gooding spent decades in pursuit of creating “The Perfect Collection” of whisky, leaving no stone unturned by traveling regularly to Scotland with his pilot in search of special bottles at auctions and distilleries.

Gooding’s Perfect Collection consists of 3,900 bottles of primarily Scotch whisky, but also includes Irish whiskeys such as Jameson's Bow Street, 1963, Cadenhead's 27-Year-Old / 150th Anniversary which previously sold for $3,149.62 (£2,400.00). 

The Macallan 1926, with a hammer price of $1.31 million to $1.57 million

The Macallan 1926, with a hammer price of $1.31 million to $1.57 million

The eclectic library of whiskeys also consists of a number of bottlings from some of Scotland’s lost distilleries, including Old Orkney from Stromness Distillery and Dallas Dhu; some of these have never been seen before at auction, by whiskey experts or connoisseurs.

It will be sold by Perthshire online whiskey auction specialists, Whisky Auctioneers. 

Among the highlights of the collection are:

- The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old 75cl / US Import Est. With a hammer price of $1.31 million to $1.57 million (£1 to £1m)

- The Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Year Old Est. With a hammer price of $918.6k to $1 million (£700k to £800k)

A selection from Goode's Perfect Collection of whiskeys.

A selection from Goode's Perfect Collection of whiskeys.

Among the Irish whiskey highlights are:

- Jameson's Bow Street, 1963, Cadenhead's 27-Year-Old / 150th Anniversary Previously sold by the Whiskey Auctioneers for $3,149.62 (£2,400.00).

- Coleraine, 1959, Limited Edition, 34-Year-Old, Irish Single Malt Previously sold for $2,073.77 (£1,580.00).

- Knappogue Castle, 1951, Single Cask, 36-Year-Old, #9, 75cl / US Import Previously sold for $1,310 (£1,000.00).

- Dungourney, 1964, Pure Pot Still, Special Reserve / Old Midleton Distillery Previously sold for $661 (£504).

- Daly's Tullamore, 1949, Cadenhead's, 41-Year-Old / 150th Anniversary

- Daly's Tullamore, 1952, Cadenhead's 38-Year-Old / 150th Anniversary

- Dunville's VR, Old Irish Whisky, circa 1910/1920s

- Locke's, Kilbeggan, 1946, Last Known Cask, 34-Year-Old

Until recently, the Gooding Collection has been housed in the collector’s ‘Pub’ - a dedicated room located in his Colorado family home that was specially designed to showcase each one of his whiskeys in all their glory.

In what is a major coup for the Perthshire, Scotland-based, Whisky Auctioneers, and part of a growing trend of the democratization of whiskey sales from traditional auction houses to online, each bottle in Gooding’s collection will go on sale in 2020 over two separate auctions.

Nancy Gooding, the wife of the late collector commented:

“It was clear to us as a family that collecting Scotch was one of Richard’s greatest passions – an endeavor that spanned over two decades. He loved every aspect of it; from researching the many single malt distilleries to visiting them and tasting their whiskeys.

“He was always so pleased to acquire the bottles that he was searching for over the years - his mission was to collect a bottle that represented every single distillery, but his favorite was always Bowmore with his preferred whisky being Black Bowmore.

“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 Perfect Collection by Mr. Richard Gooding will go live on Whisky Auctioneer from 7-17 February and 10-20 April 2020.