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Macallan Breaks Record at Auction

The Macallan Michael Dillon 1926 60 year old sold for over $1.5 million. (Photo courtesy of Christie's)

Macallan Breaks Record at Auction

November 29, 2018 –––––– Jonny McCormick, , , ,

A new whisky record was set on November 29th at Christie's auction house in London, when a single bottle of The Macallan Michael Dillon 1926 60 year old sold for a cool £1 million ($1.28 million). This special one-off bottle, hand-painted by artist Michael Dillon, depicts the Easter Elchies House at the Macallan estate. The whisky inside was drawn from the same vintage as other bottles that broke auction records earlier this year. With buyer's premiums included, the price for the Michael Dillon bottle was £1.2 million ($1.5 million), a value that exceeds the previous record of £848,750 ($1.1 million—set by the The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old, sold at Bonhams, Edinburgh in October—by 39% in dollar terms.

In 2018, the record auction price for a standard-sized bottle of whisky has risen a staggering 917% in dollar terms, from $166,793 at the start of this year to $1.5 million. In that period, the record has changed hands from Japanese whisky to scotch. thanks solely to bottles of The Macallan 1926 vintage; five of these bottles were auctioned in 2018, and all but one exceeded $1 million at auction.

2018 Auction Records for the Most Expensive Standard-Sized Bottle of Whisky















































WhiskyPrice (includes buyer's premium)Auction HouseDate
Karuizawa 1960 52 year old “The Wanderer”$166,793PolyAuction, Hong KongApril 2, 2017
Yamazaki 50 year old (3rd release)$370,000Sotheby's, Hong KongJanuary 27, 2018
The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 60 year old$1,014,273Bonham's, Hong KongMay 18, 2018
The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old$1,100,096Bonham's, Hong KongMay 18, 2018
The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old$1,102,619Bonham's EdinburghOctober 3, 2018
The Macallan Michael Dillon 1926 60 year old$1,528,800Christie's, LondonNovember 29, 2018