The Macallan, 18 Years Old, Gran Reserva (1979).

Sell Your Whisky and Rare Spirits with Sotheby's

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Whisky and Rare Spirits Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Sotheby's sell spirits online?
    Absolutely. Today’s collectors are in search of fine spirits through live auctions, private sales and online through sothebys.com. When you submit your special whisky, Cognac or other spirits on our website, our specialists will consider it for consignment in both live and online sales. Now is the perfect time to consign rare whisky and spirits to sell for top dollar. In fact, Sotheby’s top 15 spirits since 2010 have achieved an average price of 195 per cent of their low estimates.
  • May I sell consigned spirits at a Sotheby’s wine auction?
    Generally speaking, we schedule wine auctions and spirits auctions as separate events. Learn more about consigning fine wine here. Sotheby’s top-selling spirits typically include bottles by producers such as Macallan, Dalmore, Karuizawa and Icihro Hanyu. In March 2020, Sotheby's presented Macallan in Lalique, Glenlivet, Linkwood, Longmorn and Gordon & MacPhail. Featuring consignments directly from Gordon & MacPhail, this is the first time that any bottle or decanter numbered 1 from Gordon & MacPhail has been offered for sale rather than kept in the Urquhart Family archives. The highly sought after Karuizawa Single Cask #5627 Zodiac Rat 1960, the most coveted bottle from this closed Japanese distillery was also offered and sold for a record-breaking 363,000 GBP.
  • Which spirits sell for the highest price at auction?
    In 2018, the highest price paid for any spirits in the Americas was a single bottle of The Macallan, 1926, 60 Years Old, Sir Peter Blake, which sold at auction in New York for $843,200. A top-acheiving Cognac was Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac NV, which sold in Hong Kong in 2018 for 123,000 HKD. Also in 2018, Chivas Regal The Icon 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Blended Scotch Whisky, Aged 50 Years, fetched 21,780 GBP, while The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, Aged 50 Years NV, estimated at 700,000 to 1,100,000 HKD, sold for 2,337,000 HKD. More recently, in 2020, one bottle of 52yo Karuizawa 52 Year Old Zodiac Rat Cask sold at auction in London for 363,000 GBP, the highest price for Japanese whisky ever sold at auction.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s Wine is your best resource to buy, consign and sell whisky, Cognac and other old, fine and rare spirits such as single malt or blended whisky, bourbon, Cognac, rum and other fine spirits in a single bottle, a collection of rare spirits, or spirits in a cask or decanter. Particularly collectible are Macallan “M” whisky, Macallan 64 in a Lalique Cire Perdue crystal decanter, Yamazaki and Karuizawa whisky.

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