Luminary No. 1 The Rare Single Malt to Hit Auction


October 20, 2022

The Dalmore The Luminary No.1 The Rare

Launched in September as part of a unique partnership between The Dalmore and V&A Dundee, The Luminary No.1 The Rare comprises a 48 Year old single malt whisky housed in a striking sculpture designed by Kengo Kuma, the museum’s globally acclaimed architect. One will go up for auction in November.

Made of 48 hand-crafted diamond-shaped particles of Scottish Oak, Japanese Oak and polished metal to represent the number of years the whisky was nurtured by Master Distiller Richard Paterson OBE, the concept originated from a quest to discover a point of convergence between the complex skills of design and whisky-making. 

Only three bottles and two sculptures have been created. One of these complete editions will be held at the distillery’s Highland home, the second is destined for auction at Sotheby’s in London on Nov. 16, with an estimate of £95,000-180,000 and bidding online from Nov. 1. A portion of the proceeds will to be donated to V&A Dundee. The third bottle will be released as part of a compendium release of the series in the years to come.

The sale will mark another milestone in the ongoing creative collaboration between Kuma and Paterson, which began in 2020 alongside the announcement of a four-year partnership with the museum to showcase and nurture exceptional design and craftsmanship. In 2021, The Dalmore donated £100,000 to V&A Dundee from Sotheby’s record sale of the one-of-one, exceedingly rare Decades No.6 Collection at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. 

The original designer’s proof of the sculpture and replica bottle will be unveiled at a special event at V&A Dundee on Oct. 20, attended by the “Luminaries” Kuma and Paterson, who co-conceived “The Rare”, ahead of the piece going on public display from 22 October. 

Working with The Dalmore always brings new surprises as their creativity seemingly knows no bounds,” Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Head of Whisky & Spirits, North America and EMEA, said in a news release. “The Luminary is not simply an extremely rare bottle, but one of exceptional quality with an exquisite design lovingly put together by Richard and Kuma. This is Sotheby’s third partnership with The Dalmore in recent years and there is no better way to close out our 2022 auctions in London than with this marriage of whisky and design.”

Kengo Kuma, the only architect named in the prestigious TIME 100 in 2021, and Richard Paterson, awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List for his services to whisky, together bring more than six decades of experience to the Rare.