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Whisky Advocate: The Whisky Auction Leaders of the Year

January 9, 2023

Whisky Advocate has unveiled its 2022 list of the world’s 20 leading auction houses—ranked by their most expensive bottle of whisky sold in 2022. The rules are simple: hammer prices of the winning bids for a single bottle are shown without buyer’s premiums, and cask sales and multi-bottle lots are excluded. Prices are converted to U.S. dollars using xe.com exchange rates from the date of each auction.

There were hundreds of top-flight whisky auctions across the world in 2022, but competition was intense and several major auction houses simply didn’t make the cut. In terms of specific whiskies, the list includes 11 Scotch whiskies (including nine entries for Macallan), six Japanese whiskies, two American whiskies, and one Irish whiskey.

During the year, auction houses had to deal with global economic volatility that had an impact on bidding, such as the strong dollar and weak pound, and we saw a growing number of unsold bottles. The previous lists from 2021 and 2020 are available for comparison to show which auction houses are handling the world’s most coveted whisky collectibles. Here’s the full story.

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