Iconic record-breaking whisky auctions

24th September, 2020 by Melita Kiely

The Macallan 1926

Macallan-1926-Micahel-DillonFrom around 2016-2018, bottles of The Macallan 1926 whiskies would frequently appear at auction. Only 40 bottles of The Macallan 1926 were released in 1986 following a 60-year maturation in Sherry-seasoned oak casks, priced at £20,000.

Of the 40 bottlings, 12 were given to artist Peter Blake to design and another 12 were handed to artist Valerio Adami. One bottle was given to Irish artist Michael Dillon, who hand-painted the bottle design.

Dillon’s bottle became the first whisky to sell for more than £1 million (US$1.5m) when it went under the hammer at Christie’s in London, in November 2018.

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