Bottled over 30 years ago, two exceptional whiskies are hitting the auction block in Hong Kong and are expected to reign in the big bucks. The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 60-Year-Old as well as the the Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-Year-Old one of just 12 examples (each) that were bottled with labels featuring a vintage design by pop-artist Peter Blake and Valerio Adami.
Blake and Adami are both wildly popular and successful pop artists with the former being credited with co-creating the Beatles’ album cover for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while, the latter is acclaimed for his signature bold, flat forms outlined in thick, black lines. The bottles will be presented in cabinets, or tantaluses, that reference the ‘brass and glass’ distillery spirit safe designs.
These coveted whiskies will be auction off at Bonhams on May 18 where they will be joined by other fine wines and spirits. Daniel Lam, head of fine wine and whisky at Bonhams in Hong Kong, said: “These bottles are incredibly rare. The exceptional calibre of the whisky combined with the wonderful artwork from two towering figures of 20th century pop art – Peter Blake and Valerio Adami – represent a unique marriage of excellence. Only 24 of these bottles were produced and the sale is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors to acquire the holy grail of Macallan.”
They are expected to fetch between HK$3.6 and HK$4.6m (US$460,000-US$586,000).