Highest price at auction

Rare Macallan whisky sells for record £1.5 million

A rare bottle of The Macallan 60 year old from 1926 has sold at auction for a record-breaking £1.5 million.

The bottle was offered for sale by an American private collector, and had been estimated to sell for £350,000-450,000, less than a third of the final auction price achieved. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

The Macallan was the star of the sale of more than 460 bottles of whisky offered by the same American collector who spent 20 years building up his collection.

The record sale was part of a 178 bottle-strong collection spanning seven decades from 1926 through to 1991 which sold for a total of £5.1m – the most extensive collection of Macallan Fine and Rare ever to be seen at auction.

A bottle of Springbank 50 year old distilled in 1919, bottled in 1970, was one of the rarest whiskies ever to be released, with only 24 bottles produced and once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold. 

The appearance on the market of one of these bottles caused a great deal of excitement, driving the final sale price to £266,200, almost double the pre-sale high estimate.

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