'Whisky Galore' bottles to be auctioned off in Edinburgh whisky sale

Two bottles of whisky salvaged from a shipwreck which inspired a world-famous novel are expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction.

Published 5th Jun 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The bottles were part of the cargo saved aboard the SS Politician when it sank in 1941 in the Sound of Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides.

The world-renowned novel Whisky Galore, written by Sir Compton Mackenzie, was based on the incident which saw 28,000 cases of malt whisky run aground.

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It was later found that nearly 290,000 ten-shilling notes, worth several million pounds in modern money, were also on board the ship.

The bottles were brought back to the surface in August of 1987 by a professional diver from South Uist.

One bottle dating from 1940 from Gibney's of London is estimated to fetch £8,000 at auction while another bottled by Peter Dawson in Glasgow in 1940 could be sold for as much as £6,000.

The whisky bottles will be sold at Bonhams auction house in Edinburgh on Wednesday (7th June) but can be previewed by the public tomorrow (Tuesday 6th June) and Wednesday morning.

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