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Mary Quant-designed ‘Everest’ whisky to go on sale

A 27-year-old bottle of Springbank whisky bottled to commemorate the Everest Challenge in 1993 is to go on sale. Picture: TSPL

A 27-year-old bottle of Springbank whisky bottled to commemorate the Everest Challenge in 1993 is to go on sale. Picture: TSPL

A bottle of 27-year-old Springbank whisky, bottled to mark a cycle ride in the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, is expected to fetch up to £1400 at auction.

The bottle to mark the Everest Challenge in 1993 - and with a label designed by the famous 1960s’ icon Mary Quant - is to be sold at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The Everest challenge was a charity bike ride in the foothills of the Himalayas sponsored by the glazing company, Everest, which took place between April 12 and May 29 1993.

The whisky itself was distilled in 1965, the year in which the company was founded, and Quant was commissioned to design the label which shows a snow capped mountain peak enclosed in the words ‘I’m going for Everest.’

Quant is one of Britain’s best know designers. She came to fame during the Swinging Sixties and her clothes became synonymous with youthful rebellion and self-expression. In later decades, Quant concentrated on household and other design.

Other notable lots in the sale include a bottle of Benromach Classic 55 year old distilled in 1949 and numbered 17 of 83. It is estimated at £3,500-4,000.

A bottle of Ardbeg 1965 bottled in 2005 carries an estimate of £3,000-3,500.

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