Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old Could Fetch Over $1 Million At Upcoming Whisky Auction

A Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old whisky is set to potentially break records in an upcoming sale of one whisky lover’s “Perfection Collection.”

Set to take place from February 12-22 and hosted by whisky auction specialists Whisky Auctioneer, the sale will include over 1,900 bottles of the rarest, most coveted and expensive single malt whiskies in existence. The Macallan 1926 is drawn from cask #263, containing liquid distilled during the height of the Prohibition Era, and is one of 14 in the world adorned with the iconic Fine and Rare label. The headlining label is expected to reach a hammer price of over one million pounds ($1, 373, 315 USD).

Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old

Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old (image via Whisky Auctioneer)

“The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare is one of those handfuls of iconic whiskey releases which has accrued such a lofty status that it exists more in relation to fine art these days than other whiskey bottlings,” whiskey expert Angus MacRaild said in a prepared statement. “Its performance at auction will no doubt be a powerful, bellwether statement about just how iconic and culturally relevant Scotch Whisky remains in the 21st century. Irrespective of where you sit in the whiskey world, the chance to see such a bottling come to auction and potentially break price records is undeniably fascinating and exciting.”

The collection was amassed by late American businessman and philanthropist Richard Gooding, who collected whiskies from almost every Scottish distillery for over two decades, traveling regularly to Scotland in search of special bottles with the goal of creating the ‘perfect collection’ – a representation of every Scottish distillery, open or closed.

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His collection would grow to 3,900 bottlings of primarily single malt whiskies and stands as one of the largest and most significant whisky collections to ever go to public auction.

“Mr. Gooding’s collection is nothing short of extraordinary and we are honored and delighted to bring it to the auction. Collectors, investors and whiskey lovers alike will have their interest sparked by the truly astonishing array of whiskies on offer,” added Founder of Whisky Auctioneer Iain McClune. “Undoubtedly the entire collection is crowned by the incomparable The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare, a whisky that has in recent years become the pinnacle of whisky collecting and for good reason. With no more than 14 bottles in existence, the rarity of this opportunity can not be overstated and we anticipate the battle for this icon of a whisky will be a mighty one.”

The Perfect Collection Part Two, which initially launched last April, was postponed following a major cyber attack. Part one of the auction took place in February 2020 and reached 3.2 million pounds, leading Whisky Auctioneer to become the first online auction house to sell a million-dollar bottle.