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Whisky Advocate: Million-Dollar Macallan Makes Online Auction History

February 21, 2020

With the click of a mouse, the first million-dollar whisky has been sold at an online whisky auction. The bottle of rare Macallan was the highlight of The Perfect Collection Part One by Whisky Auctioneer, an estate sale of nearly 4,000 bottles, split into two sales, that has the potential to become the greatest whisky auction of all time.

A European buyer paid a record $1,180,703, including premiums, for the 1926 Macallan Valerio Adami 60-year-old on February 17, 2020, setting a record for Scotland’s most expensive whisky ever auctioned.

It’s also the sixth standard-sized whisky bottle ever to achieve $1 million at auction, and the third-highest auction price ever achieved for a bottle of whisky. Even with the lower premiums charged by online whisky auction houses, this sale unambiguously surpassed the previous record for the Valerio Adami bottle, set in 2018. Whisky Advocate has more.—Jonny McCormick

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