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Macallan 60yo sets new record with £850k auction

A bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old Scotch whisky has set a new world record after selling for £848,750 (US$1.1m) at a Bonhams auction in Edinburgh.

The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 Scotch whisky has set a new world record after selling for £848,750 at auction

The new sale breaks the previous record of the most expensive bottle of Scotch sold at auction, which was also set by Bonhams in May this year when a bottle of the 60-year-old expression fetched £814,081 (US$1,100,197) went under the hammer.

The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 had been expected to sell for between £700,000 and £900,000 (US$888,000 and US$1.14m) in the sale, which took place today (3 October).

The whisky was bottled in 1986 and The Macallan commissioned two leading pop artists, Valerio Adami and Peter Blake, to design the labels for just 24 bottles, equally split between the pair.

It is not known how many of the 12 Adami bottles still exist, but one is rumoured to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan, and one is thought to have been opened and consumed.

Martin Green, Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh, said: “I am delighted at this exceptional result. It is a great honour to have established a new world record, and particularly exciting to have done so here in Scotland, the home of whisky.

“Bonhams now holds the record for the three most valuable bottles of whisky ever sold at auction.”

In April this year, two bottles of The Macallan 1926 Peter Blake and Valerio Adami bottles sold for US$1.2m through luxury retailer Le Clos.

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