Race Horse Owners 1905 Hennessy Cognac Wins Big

An Auction of Fine and Rare Armagnac, Cognac and Malt Whisky

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A bottle of 1905 Hennessy Grand Champagne Cognac, presented to the owner of famous race horse Mill House, following his win at the Hennessey Cup, galloped to a victorious £3,450 at the second dedicated spirits sale from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

The century old bottle [pictured] of Hennessy Grand Champagne Cognac was presented to William H Gollings after his horse Mill House won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse 50 years ago. It sold to a collector in the room for £3,450.

Research conducted by the Auctioneers with Hennessy confirmed that it was probably the only existing single vintage bottling outside the Hennessy family reserves. Usually Hennessy use their barrels of spirit, some of which date back to 1800, to blend into their prestige products, rather than for single vintage bottlings, such as this example.[Lot 65]

Rare 'vintage dated' whiskies proved popular, with a Gordon & Macphail Macallan Glenlivet, distilled in 1937, selling for £805 [Lot 196] and a bottle of The Macallan 18 Years Old, distilled in 1969 and bottled in 1987 selling for £690 [Lot 139].

Live bidding was available for collectors from across the world via live.bidforwine.com and www.the-saleoom.com.

The next Fine Port, Wine and Champagne Auction, with some 701 lots, will take place on the 27th of November at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Donnington Priory Saleroom.Vintages of the wines of Domaine de La Romanee Conti and a superb array of ultra-rare champagnes, including a Bollinger Vielles Vignes Francaises 1981, are offered with vintages of Krug and a wide selection of well cellared mature Bordeaux. The catalogue is available to view now on our website www.dnfa.com

The auction, comprising medals, orders, decorations and militaria will take place at Dreweatts Maddox Street Saleroom in Mayfair at 10.30am.


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Noble Investments (UK) PLC we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Apex Philatelics. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Dreweatts - 6th November 2013