Distilling whiskey can be a form of art, and the finished product can oftentimes come with the same price tag as a pristine painting.

Sotheby’s auction house proved that recently when it broke the record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever purchased. The historic bottle is a 1926 Macallan Fine and Rare 60-year-old and was sold for $1,873,951 in London, England.

“That’s a world record for any bottle of wine or whiskey or spirit at all,” Sotheby’s Wine Worldwide Chairman Jamie Ritchie said.

It is the fifth time in history that a 1926 Macallan 60-year-old has exceeded a $1 million price tag at auction. The collection, which came from a single seller in the Americas, sold for more than $10 million in total. Only 40 bottles of this kind were produced, according to Macallan.

Ritchie provided MarketScale with the behind-the-scenes story of the prized bottle and how a new bidding platform helped the auction house facilitate the sale.

Made In America: Kentucky Bourbon

Bourbon & Bluegrass

If you’ve ever had a glass of American Whiskey, there’s a high chance it was distilled near Lexington, Kentucky. On this bonus episode of Made In America, we are going to discover what has made this drink so popular for generations, and how Kentucky puts its own stamp on it.