Auction Guide

Your Guide to Whisky-Online Auctions

Whisky Online Auctions are world leaders in the dedicated sourcing and auctioning of rare whiskies. Each month we hold a week-long auction for old, rare and collectable bottles of whisky.

Auction Start and Ending Times

Every auction lasts for one week starting on the last Wednesday of every month at 8pm GMT and ending at 8pm GMT the following Wednesday. 


9th of January - 23rd of January

27th of February - 6th of March

27th of March - 3rd of April

24th of April - 1st of May

29th of May - 5th of June

26th of June - 3rd of July

Miniature Auctions

Whisky Online Auctions also hold a dedicated miniature whisky auction every 6 - 8 weeks. This gives you as a seller the best possible buying audience of miniature collectors. Often lost in larger mixed sales; miniatures benefit from being given a greater focus in one of our specialist auctions. This allows greater attention to detail specific to the whisky miniatures and the buyers who seek them.


In order to bid and buy in our auctions, you must first be registered. Creating an online account with us is straightforward and involves a one-off registration fee of £3, this guarantees that your card is genuine.

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There are no other auction houses that offer the unrivalled range of obscure and stunning rare whiskies, which we source. Each month we feature bottles that hardly ever come to auction alongside those that have never seen on the open market before. There will always be bottles to interest you as a drinker, collector or investor.

How to Buy.


Whisky-Online Auctions have more than 25 years experience in everything whisky-related. Whether you've got a single bottle or a collection that numbers in the hundreds, you'll always receive the most honest and expert consultation we can provide on how best to sell your bottles.

How to Sell.

Bottle Level Guideline

On every auction lot the liquid fill level in the bottle is indicated in the product description (see adjacent image). The fill level can make a significant impact in the price at auction. Tip! Always be sure to check the bottle fill level before you place your bid.


FAQs / Top Tips

If this is your first time bidding in an online auction or even if you are an expert we strongly recommend that you read our FAQs and check out our top tips of things you need to know before you bid.

Terms & Conditions

Before using the Whisky Online Auctions website we strongly recommend that you read our FAQs and T&Cs.

Auction Extensions

All lots are scheduled to end at 8pm if no further valid bids have been placed within the last 10 minutes these lots will close. Any lots that receive bids within the last 10 minutes will be extended by a further 10 minutes, beyond that time any further bids will be extended by a further 5 minutes until a period of 5 minutes elapses where no further bids have been placed. Our auction extension and outbid email notification alerts mean that you'll be kept informed, which gives you the opportunity to come back into the auction should you be outbid. The email alert will stop being delivered at around 7.30pm on closing day of the auction, using our auto bidding feature means that you can place your maximum bid should you be unable to bid during the closing of the sale.

Timed Auctions

Timed auctions take place without an auctioneer calling the sale. During this time any lot can be bid on for a defined time period. At the end of this period, the bidder who has submitted the highest bid wins. Remember when you first load a page the timer will display the length of time left before the auction closes, within the last 10 minutes things can change very quickly.

TIP! Remember to refresh your page regularly, as the page you originally loaded will not be up to date. Our system will refresh in intervals but to receive the very latest information it’s wise to refresh the page.

Auto bids/commission bids

Placing an auto bid allows you to manage your budget. Avoid the temptation of getting into a bidding war; follow your wallet not your heart. Once you've determined what you're willing to pay for a bottle, enter your maximum bid and let our auto-bid feature bid on your behalf up to your stated bid. It's easy to get emotionally caught up in the thrill of the moment and continue bidding beyond what you can afford; our auto-bid feature helps keep this under control. Your maximum bid will be recorded under the auto bid tab this will NOT automatically be the current bid. This is only used to place bids on your behalf if someone else bids. If you are outbid you will receive an outbid email acknowledgement. Remember to account for the commission charges which is payable to the final hammer price.

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