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How Much Would a Dram of Million-Dollar Macallan Cost?

Whisky Auctioneer sold a 1926 Macallan Fine & Rare 60 year old in February 2021 for over $1.5 million. By the ounce, that would be $61,921.

How Much Would a Dram of Million-Dollar Macallan Cost?

March 1, 2021 –––––– Jonny McCormick, , , ,

Seven bottles of Macallan have sold for over a million dollars, all in the last three years. The most recent sale came on February 22, when the 1926 Macallan 60 year old Fine & Rare sold for a £1 million hammer price at the conclusion of Whisky Auctioneer's The Perfect Collection Part Two—that's $1,548,020 with buyer's premiums added. This broke the Perth, Scotland-based auction house's own online auction record set a year earlier during The Perfect Collection Part One, nudging ahead of Christie's whisky record by nearly $20,000 to become No. 2 in the league of highest-ever whisky auction prices. But it couldn't break the world record set by Sotheby's, despite the twin advantages of being a larger 750 ml bottle and with lower premiums typical of online auction houses.

Still, that larger bottle size is a boon for the buyer—if they intend to drink the whisky—because it slightly reduces the cost of a dram. The table below shows the theoretical price per 1-oz. pour of each of the seven million-dollar Macallans—a range that varies widely. It's highly unlikely any of the buyers of these bottles will ever open them to taste, of course, but if they do, a single pour of even the least pricy will still equal the cost of 123 bottles of Macallan 18 year old Double Cask.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: EVERY MILLION-DOLLAR MACALLAN PRICED BY THE OUNCE





































1926 Macallan60 year old

(Listed by auction result: high to low)
Price per pour (1 oz.)
Fine & Rare

Sotheby's, October 2019


$79,161
Fine & Rare

Whisky Auctioneer, February 2021


$61,921
Michael Dillon

Christie's, November 2018


$64,581
Valerio Adami

Whisky Auctioneer, February 2020


$47,228
Valerio Adami

Bonhams, October 2018


$44,105
Valerio Adami

Bonhams, May 2018


$44,008
Peter Blake

Bonhams, May 2018


$40,571