Interest galore as shipwreck whisky sells for £2,200
- On 04/12/2008
- In Auction News
From The Press and Journal
A bottle of whisky recovered from the wreck of a cargo ship which inspired the film Whisky Galore ! sold at auction yesterday for £2,200 to a teenager fascinated by its remarkable story.
The bottle of Ballantine Scotch whisky was expected to fetch about £1,500 but strong competition from bidders pushed its price up.
The bottle was one of around 240,000 which sank with the SS Politician after she ran aground off Eriskay in 1941.
The sinking inspired the novel Whisky Galore ! and the 1949 Ealing comedy of the same name, ensuring the tale of how the islanders raided a shipwreck for her cargo of whisky entered into legend.