The Extraordinary Provenance of Wing Hop Fung's Macallan Fine & Rare Collection

By Sotheby's
The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection is a highlight of the online auction Distilled | The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection from Wing Hop Fung + More (closes 19 April 2020, New York).

M acallan is, undoubtedly, the world’s most collectible whiskey and at the core of its most coveted expressions is the Fine & Rare collection. This collection achieved its cult status due to a number of qualities: vintages that stretch back to before the Second World War, age statements that exceed half a century and undeniable quality throughout. It is only the most savvy and determined of whiskey collectors who have been able to build a truly comprehensive collection of Fine & Rare bottlings over the years, and it is rare to find one with such provenance. It is not only an honor for Sotheby’s to bring these bottles to auction, but an exciting opportunity for any collector to be able to build and complete their own meaningful collection of the Macallan Fine & Rare.

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The Macallan Fine & Rare 56 Year Old 51.5 abv 1945 (1 BT75cl). Estimate $38,000–48,000.

This collection, which boasts special provenance – having been acquired directly from the Macallan – offers vintages spanning the ages from 1937 to 1972, including the coveted Fine & Rare 56 Year Old 1945. The Fine & Rare Collection was purchased as a set directly from the Macallan in 2005.

Each bottle, in its original wooden case, was delivered to Wing Hop Fung in Los Angeles on July 26, 2005, by then Macallan Brand Ambassador, Mark Izatt, who also awarded a Certificate of Authenticity to the owner of Wing Hop Fung, Mr. Dayton Ong.

It has been stored in Wing Hop Fung’s Private cellars ever since and only removed by Sotheby’s Specialists earlier this year for this auction. At the time Wing Hop Fung took delivery, per the Certificate of Authenticity, they were the "only location in North America to house, in its entirety, the Macallan Fine & Rare Collection.

Established in 1985 in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, Wing Hop Fung has become the premier and trusted retailer of Asian products in Southern California. Meaning “Together, Forever, Prosper,” Wing Hop Fung offers the best in Chinese herbs, premium loose teas, ginseng, Asian delicacies, housewares, and fine wine and spirits.

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