Two Macallan 1926 whiskies sell for $1.2 millionBy Melita Kiely
The Macallan has set another world record after two rare 60-year-old bottles were sold for US$1.2 million through luxury retailer Le Clos.
The two bottles of The Macallan 1926 were sold at the Dubai Airport-based store to an international businessman for his private collection, fetching US$600,000 each.
The total spend of US$1.2m marks the most expensive whisky retail sale in history.
Both bottles were labelled with original artwork by British artist Sir Peter Black, known for co-creating the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, and Italian artist Valerio Adami, one of the most acclaimed pop artists of the 21st century.
The last known sale of a 1926 bottle of Macallan was through auction house Christie’s in 2007, fetching US$75,000.
Only 40 bottles of The Macallan 1926 were released in 1986 following a 60-year maturation period in Sherry-seasoned oak barrels, each with a £20,000 price tag.
Of the 40 bottles released, 12 were given to Black to design and 12 to Adami, before going on sale in 1993.
Geoff Kirk, director of prestige, The Macallan, said: “These represent some of the most exclusive bottles ever produced making this an iconic sale that will be remembered worldwide for years to come.
“It is incredibly rare for The Macallan 1926 to be made available for purchase and the sale offers whisky connoisseurs the chance to secure historic bottles emblematic of 20th century pop culture.”
Last month, Edrington-owned The Macallan released 200 bottles of a limited-edition 50-year-old single malt, priced at £25,000 (US$35,360).
The whisky producer also announced the discontinuation of its 1824 Series, while simultaneously unveiling a new design across its single malts range.