A bottle of “most sought-after Scottish whiskey” is being auctioned

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LONDON – A bottle of the “most sought-after Scotch whiskey” is set to go up for auction next month, with an estimated price of up to 1.2 million pounds ($2 million), auction house Sotheby’s said on Thursday.

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The Macallan distillery’s 96-year-old bottle of single malt – The Macallan Adami 1926 – was said to be going under the hammer in London on November 18, with an estimated price of over £750,000. Pre-entry begins November 1st.

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A version of The Macallan 1926 was sold by Sotheby’s in 2019 for £1.5 million, a record for any bottle of wine or spirit. The appearance of three different bottle variants of the whiskey at auction in 2018 and 2019 resulted in the record being broken three times.

“Macallan 1926 is the one whiskey that every auctioneer wants to sell and every collector wants to own,” said Jonny Fowle, global head of spirits at Sotheby’s. “I’m thrilled to be bringing a bottle to a Sotheby’s auction for the first time since we set the record for this vintage four years ago.”

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An employee shows a bottle of Macallan Valerio Adami 60 Year Old 42.8 Vol. 1926 during a photocall at Sotheby's auction house in London on October 19, 2023.
An employee shows a bottle of Macallan Valerio Adami 60 Year Old 42.8 Vol. 1926 during a photocall at Sotheby’s auction house in London on October 19, 2023. Photo by MATHILDE BELLENGER /AFP via Getty Images

After aging in sherry casks for over six decades, only 40 bottles of Macallan 1926 were bottled, making it the distillery’s oldest vintage.

According to Sotheby’s, some of the 40 examples were offered to Macallan customers, with up to 14 examples bearing Macallan’s iconic “Fine and Rare” label, including the record breaker. Twelve of the bottles, including the one that will be sold next month, have been labeled by Italian painter Valerio Adami.

The bottle for sale is the first to be processed by the distillery before the auction. This included replacing the cork and applying new glue to the corners of the bottle labels.

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