Rare Macallan Whisky Bottle Could Sell for World Record $1.2m

By Paul Joseph

A rare bottle of the world’s most expensive whisky is to go under the hammer at the start of October with an estimated sale price of $1.2 million, a figure that would represent a world record.

The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old will be auctioned at the Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh, Scotland on 3 October.

Bottled in 1986, the whisky features a distinctive label designed by the world-famous Italian painter and pop artist, Valerio Adami.  Only 12 such editions were created alongside another 12 by another pop artist, Peter Blake.

The bottle is presented in a specially commissioned cabinet or Tantalus, which is based on the traditional ‘Brass and Glass’ distillery spirit safe.

Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green said, “The Macallan 1926 60 year old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky.

“Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market. It is a great honour to be offering this amazingly rare whisky at our Edinburgh sale.”

Earlier this year a set of two of the same whiskies – one by each designer – sold for a record breaking price of $1.2 million, and similar demand is expected for this bottle among collectors.

Based in Scotland since 1824, The Macallan Estate has a global reputation as one of the world’s finest distillers of single malt whisky.

By Paul Joseph