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12-16-2007, 10:42 AM
I have recently come across an unoped bottle of John Dewars and Sons "Ne Plus Ultra". It is dated 1934.
I would like to find any information I can about this bottle of Scotch. My intention is someday auction the bottle off, if the bottle is worth the auction.
I will attach a couple of pics of the bottle.
The only issue is the bottle is missing the ribbon and seal around the neck of the bottle.
Regarding your bottle of Dewar's Ne Ultra Plus - start by contacting the Global Archive Manager at Dewar's - the email address is HERE (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let her know Joanne from Whisky.com gave you her address.
04-07-2009, 04:45 PM
My dad, Lou Cahill, who was in the PR business told a story about Charles Ansell, the owner of a shipbuilding yard in St. Catharines who in the 1950's would have a glass of Ne Plus before he would take VIP's out to christen a new Great Lakes vessel his yard had just completed.
Also when my dad sold his house in 2005, I found not Ne Plus Ultra, but a bottle of Johnny Walker Black in a basement cabinet. I had purchased the 26 oz. bottle for him at the duty free counter in Preswick airport in 1969. The unopened bottle, still in its box is in my hands today. Dad was a rye whisky drinker in his day and so just kept the bottle out of the light so to speak. I can't ask him why he didn't serve the Johnny Walker or more stories about the Ne Plus as he passed away last November at 94-years-of-age.
I'll be watching to see what turns up about the Dewar's Ne Plus Ultra. I believe in Canada Dewar's was distributed by Hiram Walker & Sons.
Cheers, D. Cahill
07-12-2010, 02:05 PM
My statement below is one I posted a day or so ago on the NE PLUS ULTRA. As I am not an appraiser of whiskies, I can find prior auctions to give people a ballpark number. But of course, the best way is to consult a professional. I am; however, a collector and purchase from auction houses, and collector's like the packaging to be fully intact. You have stated that the packaging is not fully intact as your bottle is missing a ribbon; and from what I can see of the label, the label is in poor condition.
I have found 6 bottles that have sold at auction of Dewar's Ne Plus Ultra. They range from 102 EURO to 152 EURO ( US$127 to US$192 )
One must always ask the question, "Is the view worth the climb" as there are up-front associated costs with shipping the bottle to an auction house, and paying auction selling fees. To do quick and dirty math on this bottle, assume your bottle will bring in the in the low-end of 102 EURO ( US$127 because of condition ). Shipping to Europe via independent carrier would be US$45 and auction selling fees in Europe are usually 30%. After these basic fees, you would realize ~US$34 ( US POSTAL SERVICE does not allow alcohol to be sent through its system ), provided you can find a professional appraiser to value your bottle for free. If not, then you would have to add appraising fees which would then reduce your $34 to zero or maybe end up in the negative.
There is only one state in the US that allows whisky auctions and that is New York and Christies is usually the auction house of choice. They like the old and rare. You can contact them and see what they have to say.
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