Most expensive bottle of whisky is a Bowmore

   The price, which included buyer's premium, comfortably beat the pre-sale estimate of between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds.

   The whisky, which was was sold on behalf of a private owner, is the oldest known bottle of Bowmore in existence.

   An auction spokesman said the sale came despite the bottle's cork dropping into the whisky itself.

   "We bid beyond the value limit we had set ourselves, but unfortunately, the winning bidder went beyond that," he said.

   "There are some serious whisky collectors around the world, and we know Bowmore is incredibly popular amongst them."

   The bottle was presented to William Mutter in 1851 at the time of him giving up his share of the distillery and has remained in the family for generations.

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