Rare Bottle of Macallan Whisky to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s


Summary: A 96-year-old bottle of The Macallan Adami 1926, considered the most-sought-after Scotch whisky, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London next month, with an estimated price of up to $1.4 million. Only 40 bottles of this vintage were produced, making it the distillery’s oldest. The previous record for a bottle of The Macallan 1926 was set at £1.5 million in 2019.

Sotheby’s has announced that an extremely rare bottle of single malt Scotch whisky, The Macallan Adami 1926, will be auctioned in London on November 18th. Considered the most-sought-after Scotch whisky, this 96-year-old bottle is estimated to fetch up to $1.4 million. Advance bidding will commence on November 1st.

The Macallan 1926 has a storied history of breaking records in the auction world. In 2019, a version of this whisky sold by Sotheby’s set a record for the highest price ever paid for a bottle of wine or spirit, reaching £1.5 million. This record has been broken three times due to the appearance of different variations of the whisky at auctions in 2018 and 2019.

The Macallan 1926 is highly coveted by both auctioneers and collectors, and is considered a must-have for whisky enthusiasts. Only 40 bottles were ever produced, having been aged in sherry casks for over six decades. Additionally, 14 of these bottles were adorned with Macallan’s iconic Fine and Rare label, with 12 featuring label designs by renowned Italian painter Valerio Adami. The bottle up for auction is particularly unique as it has undergone reconditioning by the distillery, which included replacing the cork and applying new glue to the bottle labels.

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