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« on: April 26, 2013, 08:22:58 AM »

Two rare bottles of whisky salvaged from a shipwreck off Eriskay in 1941 which inspired a book and film Whisky Galore to be auctioned

The collector's items were part of the cargo on the 8,000-ton cargo ship the SS Politician which sank off the shores of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941 and inspired the book and film Whisky Galore.

The bottles, which have documents of authentication, are to be sold as a pair by Britain's biggest internet-only auction site Scotch Whisky Auctions, based in Glasgow, with bidding opening on Saturday and closing on May 5.

A great deal of interest is expected due to the unusual and legendary story behind where they came from.

Scotch Whisky Auctions director Bill Mackintosh said: 'Everybody loves the idea of the wily islanders diving to the bottom of the wreck and coming back up with bottles of whisky which they would then hide from the customs.
'But it is true that there are only eight which have have been authenticated recently and these are two of those which were sold at Christie's some time ago.'

The eight bottles surfaced in 1987 when local man Donald MacPhee from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides explored the wreck and found his liquid treasure. He sold them at auction with Christie's and got 4,000 for his loot.

Two of those bottles were bought by a man in Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire. He has recently died and his widow decided to sell them along with the neck tags from Christie's and letters of authentication.
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  Locals sample a bottle of whiskey near to where the 8,000-ton cargo ship the SS Politician foundered off of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941. The documents, right, authenticating the bottles will be included in the lot
Whisky Galore! was a 1949 Ealing comedy film based on the novel Whisky Galore by Compton MacKenzie.

The movie and the novel were inspired by the 1941 shipwreck of 8,000-ton cargo ship  S.S. Politician near the island of Eriskay and the unauthorised salvage of its cargo of whisky by islanders.

It starred Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood and Gordon Jackson.

.The official documents from Christie's state: '2 bottles bottled by W & A Gilbey with original cork and wax sealed by Christie's in plain glass with shoulder embossing stating, 'Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle'
While the whisky itself is possibly undrinkable, the unique history of these rare bottles is predicted to attract collectors from around the world.

The bottles are expected to sell for somewhere in the region of 2,000 but could go for much more, said Mr Mackintosh.
A total of 28,000 cases of malt whisky were on board at the time when the ship, sailing from Liverpool to the Jamaican capital of Kingston and New Orleans in the US, crashed.
Islanders salvaged much of the cargo, including many bottles of whisky, but only the eight from 1987 have been authenticated.
Mr Mackintosh added: 'This lot of two bottles is incredibly scarce and provides a rare opportunity to obtain a real piece of Scottish history.'

The auction will go live on Saturday on the website

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There comes a time in every rightly constructed boys life when he has a raging urge to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.

Mark Twain 1835 - 1910

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