Bajan rum on auction
A two centries-old shipment of rum from Barbados will go up for auction on Thursday at Christie’s in London.
Pundits have estimated that the 12 bottles up for sale could fetch as high as a record $2 600 per bottle.
The rare find of what is now believed to be the world’s oldest rum was discovered in 2011 in the wine cellars of Harewood House, the stately home of the Earl of Harewood, just outside Leeds in northern England, which was previously owned by the Earl’s 18th century ancestor Edward Lascelles who lived in Barbados and owned several sugar plantations.
According to reports, the rum had been buried undisturbed since it left Barbados’ shores over 200 years ago. (TS/PR)