The biggest spirits stories of 2020

14th January, 2021 by Nicola Carruthers

Record breaker

The Macallan continued to break auction records, with a Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami bottle selling for US$1,072,000 in February. The bottle attracted bids from 11 countries, with the winning offer hailing from Europe.

The bottle was part of The Perfect Collection, which at the time was the ‘world’s largest’ private whisky collection to be offered at auction, comprising 3,900 bottles.

Whisky Auctioneer split the collection between two auctions, with the first part closing on 17 February. The Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Years Old broke the previous world record for the bottle, US$912,000, set in October 2018. Whisky Auctioneer said the sale of The Macallan 1926 was a “landmark moment for the secondary whisky market”, with the auctioneer becoming the first online whisky auction to sell a million‐dollar bottle.

The auction, which saw 1,642 bidders from 56 countries take part, raised US$4,277,000, and featured more than 1,932 bottles. The collection was built up by the late American private collector Richard Gooding.

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