Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Selling for $137K, world’s oldest surviving bottle of whiskey was found here in SC

Rex Woolbright was sorting through his late uncle Logan Drake’s estate in Newberry when he came across an old-looking, still-corked bottle of whiskey.“It was a bottle, and that was it,” recalled Woolbright.He couldn’t have been more wrong.

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That bottle of whiskey is estimated to have been produced between 1763-1803, making it the oldest known surviving whiskey in the world, according to Skinner Inc., the American auction house that just sold the bottle for a whopping $137,500.

The final bid blew past Skinner’s original estimate that it would sell for between $20,000 and $40,000.

The buyer is the Morgan Library and Museum located in Manhattan. The museum began as the personal library and collection of John Pierpont Morgan — better known as J.P Morgan, the 19th century banking magnate — as early as 1890, when Morgan began assembling a collection of manuscripts, books, drawings and prints, according to the museum website.

As it turned out, Woolbright’s uncle’s bottle of whiskey has a long and rich history that traces back to Morgan himself and has wowed the man who discovered it. 

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