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

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.


1926 Macallan 60 year old

(Listed by auction result: high to low)

Price per pour (1 oz.)
Fine & Rare

Sotheby’s, October 2019



Fine & Rare

Whisky Auctioneer, February 2021



Michael Dillon

Christie’s, November 2018



Valerio Adami

Whisky Auctioneer, February 2020



Valerio Adami

Bonhams, October 2018



Valerio Adami

Bonhams, May 2018



Peter Blake

Bonhams, May 2018




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