The Macallan 1926 is drawn from cask #263 and is one of only 14 in the world with the Fine and Rare label, so the hammer price is expected to be over $1million again, particularly if it reaches the heights of another bottle that went on sale in October 2019.
That took place at an auction at Sotheby’s in London as part of the Ultimate Whisky Collection and had been priced at around $500,000 before the auction despite being the first of its kind to go on sale for a decade. Instead, it went for a final $1.9million, setting a new world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky.
In doing so it overtook another bottle of The Macallan 1926 with a one-of-a-kind design, which had sold for $1.5million in November 2018 at Christie’s.
Bottles from The Macallan have a good track record for reaching new heights in value, and the first part of The Perfect Collection auction saw a Macallan 1928 Anniversary Malt 50-Year-Old sell for $119,863, beating the previous record of $93,819.
The Macallan bottles alone from the first auction went for a combined $2,559,218, so all eyes will again be on anything from that famous distillery in part two, not least the 1926 Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old.
Rare whisky expert, Angus MacRaild said: “The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare is one of those handful of iconic whisky releases which has accrued such a lofty status that it exists more in relation to fine art these days than other whisky bottlings. Its performance at auction will no doubt be a powerful, bellwether statement about just how iconic and culturally relevant Scotch Whisky remains in the 21st century.
“Irrespective of where you sit in the whisky world, the chance to see such a bottling come to auction and potentially break price records is undeniably fascinating and exciting.”