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 selling locations in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris, Sotheby’s spirits provides a global network to buy, sell and store fine and rare spirits.

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Sotheby’s Annual Wine & Spirits Auction Sales Hit Record $132 Million

Sotheby’s annual auction sales of wines and spirits reached record heights in 2021, led by a 44% increase in sales to a total of $132 million.



Key Department Statistics

  • $21 million
    Total spirits auctions sales in 2021
  • World Record $1.9 million
    Achieved for the world's most expensive bottle of wine or spirit, The Macallan Fine & Rare 60-year-old 1926
  • Record Breaking $10 million
    Total achieved for a single owner whisky auction, The Ultimate Whisky Collection
  • $6.4 million
    Achieved in sales for direct from distillery partnerships
  • Record $4.1 million
    Sales for The Distillers One Of One, the most valuable charity whisky auction ever held
  • 97%
    Sell through rate on all spirits lots since 2019

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