Macallan 1926 Peter Blake to lead Bonhams auctionBy Nicola Carruthers
Another bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 60-year-old Scotch whisky will go under the hammer at a Bonhams auction in Edinburgh next month.
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 price tag.
Of these bottles, 12 were given to British pop artist Sir Peter Blake to design, and another 12 were set aside for artist Valerio Adami, with one bottle hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon.
The Sir Peter Blake bottle has been consigned by a UK collector who purchased the bottle upon its release in 1986.
It will now go on sale at a Bonhams Whisky sale on Wednesday 6 March. The whisky is expected to fetch between £500,000 and £700,000 (£645,800-US$904,120).
The highest price paid for a bottle from the Blake series was in May 2018 when a bottle was purchased for £751,703 (US$970,900) at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong.
In October last year, 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.
A month later, the only bottle of 1926 Macallan featuring a hand-painted design by Dillon broke the world record for the most expensive whisky after fetching £1.2 million (US$1.5m) at auction.
Other highlights of the sale next month include a Laphroaig 14-year-old 1970, two bottles of The Dalmore 50-year-old 1926, a Bowmore 40-year-old 1955 and a Springbank 1952.