Macallan 1926 falls short of world record by $250kBy Melita Kiely
A bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 60-year-old Scotch whisky failed to set a new world record when it sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for US$843,200.
Only 40 bottles of The Macallan 1926 were released in 1986 following a 60-year maturation period in Sherry casks, each with a £20,000 (US$26,000) price tag.
Of these bottles,12 were given to pop artist Sir Peter Blake to design, and a further 12 were commissioned to fellow pop artist Valerio Adami. The Sir Peter Blake bottle sold by Sotheby’s on Saturday (13 October) was labelled bottle nine of 12.
Last week, a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old set a new world record for the most expensive bottle of Scotch sold at auction. The hammer came down on a final price of £848,750 (US$1.1m) at a Bonhams auction in Edinburgh – US$256,800 more than the latest Sotheby’s sale, which had been expected to reach up to US$1.2m.
Next month, the sole bottle of The Macallan 1926 60-year-old Scotch hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon is tipped to become the first whisky to sell for £1m (US$1.3m) when it is auctioned at Christie’s in London.
Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine, said: “Today’s sale is further proof that the demand for wine and spirits of exceptional quality is at an all-time high and that global collectors are willing to go the extra mile to acquire the rarest bottles of any kind.
“It has been an honour to work alongside The Macallan and we look forward to continuing this momentum as we head into our November and December auctions.”