At stake: $ 10 million whiskey collection

For more than two decades, Richard Gooding traveled the world in search of his favorite whiskeys. Next year, the more than 3,900 bottles he collected will be sold at two auctions, including rare offers of historic distilleries such as Macallan, Bowmore and Stromness.

Whiskey Auctioneer, an online auctioneer based in Scotland , expect the collection to reach more than $ 10 million.

Gooding, to Colorado entrepreneur, was a frequent traveler to Ireland and Scotland , where he attended auctions and purchased whiskys directly from distilleries, a video about the collection says.

Gooding, who died in 2014, was descended from a distribution and bottling empire. Young Gooding inherited his father's company and assumed the position of owner and executive director from 1979 to 1988, according to his obituary.

His collection includes rare offerings, such as a 60-year-old 1926 Macallan. Only 12 bottles were bottled with a label created by pop artist Valerio Adami. Last year, a bottle of the Scottish distillery sold for $ 1.1 million at auction.

Among the bottles that will be sold in two separate auctions in February and April are some of the Scottish distilleries that no longer work, including the Stromness Distillery, which closed in the 1920s, and Dallas Dhu, which closed in 1983.