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How To Buy Whisky In Auction


Whether you're looking for the latest releases or searching for your favourite whisky from times gone by, Whisky-Online Auctions has over 30 years of experience selling old & rare whisky!

If you’re searching for hard-to-find whiskies, you’ve come to the right place! Whisky-Online Auctions specialise in offering the rarest whiskies ever bottled.

Every whisky auction we run includes bottles that hardly ever come to auction alongside rarities that have never been seen on the open market before. As a drinker, collector or investor there will always be something in our whisky auctions to interest you.

On this page you’ll find everything you need to know before bidding in our online whisky auctions. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please Contact Us and a member of our team will be more than happy to assist you.


Anyone over the legal drinking age in their country can create an account on our whisky auction website for free. If you wish to register to bid and buy in our auctions, there’s a one-off (lifetime) registration fee of £3. Registration is part of our due diligence to ensure genuine bidders and can be done as soon as your account is created.

If you wish to place bids totalling over £1,000 in any auction, there is a further verification process that must be completed before further bids can be accepted.

Once your account has successfully been verified you will not need to complete this process for future auctions.

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Whisky-Online Auctions
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All auctions start at 8pm (20:00) UK Time and will begin to close down from 8pm (20:00) UK Time seven days later. This gives all our bidders plenty of time to create a watchlist, ask any questions and place their bids.

In the final 10 minutes before the end of our auction, any individual Lot that receives a bid will have its finishing time extended by 10 minutes. Any further bids after 20:00 will reset a 10-minute timer for that Lot until no further bids have been placed within 10 minutes.

This is the most important time of our auction and the moment when our buyers have to be fully engaged to catch the bottles they want. It’s a good idea to have your Watchlist open as the timers tick down at the end of the auction so you can react quickly if you’re outbid on your desired Lots.In unforeseen circumstances where there's a technical issue with the end of the auction, we reserve the right to manually extend the end time to ensure the auction ends as set out above.

Update commencing 22 May 2024:
We're excited to announce a new feature on our platform that will streamline the bidding process for lots with reserves: Synced Reserve Lot Timers.

Synced Reserve Lot Timers For future auctions, beginning with our May 2024 sale, any Lots that have not met their reserves by the beginning of the extension period will have their timers synced in line with the Lot that has the longest time remaining. This means that all Lots with reserves will close at the same time.

Please note that the rollout of this change may affect the time our auction normally closes, and therefore this new feature will be monitored carefully and reviewed for possible adjustment after our May 2024 auction.

All Lots are checked by our whisky specialists Wayne & Harrison Ormerod prior to any auction. We do not auction opened bottles, so all items are sealed unless otherwise stated, e.g. if the original bottles were not sealed by the producer.

No item is deemed new, however most bottles are generally in good condition. If this is not the case, any faults will be mentioned in the description. All Lot images are of the actual item you will receive.

If the fill level of the liquid is not visible in the images provided, we aim to indicate the level in the description. If the fill level is impossible to determine (e.g. ceramic decanters), we will provide the decanter's overall weight in kilograms. Our fill level guideline can be found on each Lot page.

All information in Lot listings, including estimated bottling dates, is provided to the best of our knowledge. If you believe there is an error/discrepancy with any Lot description, please notify us immediately and we will address the issue accordingly.

Placing a bid confirms that you have checked the Lot and are satisfied with its condition; returns will not be accepted.

 Fill Level Guidelines


Bids can be placed via the main Auction page, on the individual Lot detail page or from your dedicated Watchlist. Buyers can place either Auto-Bids or Single-Bids - below we explain how each feature works.


Auctioneer’s commission - 15% of final hammer price.

Buyers do not have to pay VAT on the hammer price of their items. VAT is payable by the buyer only on services provided by the auctioneer such as delivery charges, loss & breakage assurance and commission.

If your items are being shipped outside the UK, you will not have to pay any UK VAT whatsoever but goods may be subject to VAT and possibly customs import duties on arrival at the destination country. For full details on international shipping, please check our Delivery page.


In a change from our previous system, no Lots can be paid for until the auction is completely finished. After the final Lot has sold, all successful bidders will receive an email with confirmation of their winning Lots and details on how to pay.

Payment for winning bids is due immediately after the end of the auction, but we allow up to three days for you to choose your preferred method. Faster payment means you are more likely to receive your goods sooner.

If payment has not been made within three days, a late payment surcharge fee will be applied (see below). If you are paying by bank transfer, we understand this may take you over the three day limit - please contact our office and let us know so the late payment charge may be waived. 

 Delivery & STORAGE

After payment, you can opt to receive your goods in any of the following ways, or place them in our Secure Storage facility. 

All Lots are available for collection from our head office and we highly recommend collecting to avoid any unforeseen risks associated with delivery. If collection is not an option or you wish to have your Lots delivered, liability for loss & breakage is the buyer's responsibility.

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