Scottish whisky legend Macallan has regained the world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky sold at auction. This week, Maccallan 1926 Fine & Rare fetched $1.9 million dollars at Sotheby’s in London.
This is the fifth time a bottle of Macallan 1926 has sold for more than $1 million dollars. This particular whisky is part of the distillery’s Fine & Rare Series, laid down in 1926 and bottled in 1986. This 1926 bottle was a piece of a large whisky asset owned by a single anonymous American collector. The collection features 178 bottles from Macallan’s Fine & Rare series, multiple miniature bottle collections, plus bottles from Glenfiddich and Glenlivet.
According to Sotheby’s, the Macallan 1926 was valued in the neighborhood of a half a million dollars. This is an interesting estimate considering the last bottle to go to auction sold for $1.5 million in London nearly a year ago.
The American collector’s entire lot sold off in pieces totaling more than $10 million dollars- nearly double Sotheby’s sale estimate.
It’s pretty crazy to think what has happened since these casks were laid down in 1926 – World War II, The Cold War, humans went to space, America landed on the moon, the first FIFA World Cup, the transistor was invented, video games were invented, the DNA structure was determined…the list is pretty long.
As of this week, the Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare is the most expensive bottle of whisky ever auctioned. That’s roughly $76,000 dollars an ounce.
Tip not included.