Whisky & Spirits


Sotheby’s Spirits is the market leader for spirits auctions and single owner collections, and holds the record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at auction, the most expensive bottle of Cognac ever sold at auction, and the most expensive lot of Moutai ever sold at auction outside of China. With auction sites in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris, Sotheby’s spirits provides a global network for bidders to buy, sell and store fine and rare whisky and other spirits.

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Sotheby’s Annual Wine & Spirits Auction Report, 2023

  • Auction Sales
    Reached a new high for the third year in a row, achieving $159 million
  • Highest Grossing Week of Wine & Spirits sales
    In November, Sotheby’s Wine & Spirits achieved the Highest Grossing Week of Wine & Spirits sales ever staged by any auction house, realizing a combined total of $50 million across three regions within the same week 
  • New Auction Record for Any Bottle of Spirit or Wine Ever Sold
    The Macallan 1926, featuring the Valerio Adami label, set a new auction record for any bottle of spirit or wine ever sold, achieving $2.7 million.
  • Global Leader in Single-Owner Auctions
    Sotheby’s remains the undisputed global leader in Single-Owner auctions, surpassing $100 million in Single-Owner sales for the first time
  • The World’s Most Important and Valuable Wine Collection Ever to Come to Market
    The first tranche of the world’s most important and valuable wine collection ever to come to market was offered with The Epicurean’s Atlas: The Encyclopaedic Cellar in Hong Kong
  • Leader in Asia
    Sotheby’s remains the market leader in Asia for wine and spirits auctions, and held inaugural auctions in Shanghai and Singapore
  • Charity Auctions
    Charity auctions raised nearly $40million for philanthropic causes, including for the 163rd Hospices de Beaune auction and second Distillers One of One auction 
  • U.S. Buyers Were The Strongest Bidders By Country
    U.S. buyers were the strongest bidders by country in wine and spirits auctions, while Asia remained the leading market nevertheless 
  • 19 Scotch Whisky Distillery Records Were Set in One Auction Alone
    19 Scotch whisky distillery records were set in one auction alone, with Distillers One of One
  • Sotheby’s Opened a Wine Boutique in Zurich 
    In response to a global demand for fine wine available at retail, Sotheby’s opened a wine boutique in Zurich 

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