Whisky Focus - Two Bottles Of The Macallan 1926 Sells For World Record $1.2 Million

Two Bottles Of The Macallan 1926 Sells For $1.2 Million


27th April 2018
Sale of two bottles of The Macallan 1926 for US$1.2 Million is a new whisky world record.

The Macallan 1926 Peter Blake and Valerio Adami bottles.Two bottles of The Macallan 1926 have sold for an incredible US$1.2 Million. The $600,000 price paid for each of the two bottles is a new world record, making The Macallan 1926 the most expensive bottles of whisky ever sold.

The two bottles are labelled with original artworks by renowned artists Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami and they were sold by Le Clos, the Dubai-Airport based luxury spirits retailer, to an international businessman for his private collection.

The two bottles really are two of the most unique bottles of whisky ever produced. The whisky itself is The Macallan 1926, which was distilled in 1926 then aged 60 years in sherry-seasoned oak barrels before being bottled and released in 1986. Of the 40 bottles produced, just 12 were given to British artist Sir Peter Blake, famed for co-creating the Beatles' album cover for Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and 12 were given to the Italian artist Valerio Adami, (released in 1993) one of the most acclaimed pop artists of the 21st century. Each artist created a bespoke label for the bottles, making them highly sought after by art-lovers and whisky collectors alike. The rare bottles are presented in cabinets, or tantaluses, and are based on the 'brass and glass' distillery spirit safe designs.

Each bottle originally retailed at 20k, and the last known individual bottle sold in 2007 at Christie's for US$75,000.

The sale at Le Clos sets a new benchmark for private sales and certainly confirms The Macallan's position as one of the worlds most collectable whiskies. The distillery also currently holds the record for most expensive whisky bottle sold at auction with The Macallan M Imperiale achieving US$628,000 at Sotheby's Hong Kong in 2014.

Le Clos' relationships and expertise within the luxury spirits market to source such rare and highly collectible products enabled the record-breaking sale to take place, building on several previous world-record sales in travel retail. Dubai Airport is the world's new travel crossroads, and the partnership has made Macallan accessible to collectors around the globe.

Unfortunately you have missed out on the two bottles of The Macallan 1926 but you will find the current Macallan whisky range as well as a few rare and collectable Macallan bottlings available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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