Whisky Galore cargo to be auctioned

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Two rare bottles of whisky salvaged from a shipwreck which inspired a book and film are to be auctioned.

The collectors’ items were part of the cargo on the 8,000-ton cargo ship the SS Politician which sank off the shores of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941 and inspired the book and film Whisky Galore.

The bottles, which have documents of authentication, are to be sold as a pair by Britain’s biggest internet-only auction site Scotch Whisky Auctions, based in Glasgow, with bidding opening on Saturday and closing on May 5.

Scotch Whisky Auctions director Bill Mackintosh said: “Everybody loves the idea of the wily islanders diving to the bottom of the wreck and coming back up with bottles of whisky which they would then hide from the customs.

“But it is true that there are only eight which have been authenticated recently, and these are two of those which were sold at Christie’s some time ago.”

The eight bottles surfaced in 1987 when local man Donald MacPhee from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides explored the wreck and found his liquid treasure.

He sold them at auction with Christie’s and received £4,000 for his loot.