Two limited edition bottles of the Macallan which were 1926 and matured for 60 years in Sherry casks, have sold at auction for a whopping $1.2 million, which is twice the amount that they were estimated to bring in. It’s not only their age that makes these bottles special, but their packaging. These bottles are adorned with labels designed by artists Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami.
Each designer was roped in to create 12 limited edition labels for the Macallan and while these were initially intended to be corporate gifts for valued customers, but they are now among the editions most coveted by whisky collectors. These bottles were sold by Dubai Airport retailer Le Clos, who stated that the bottles were priced at $27,000 when they were first launched. The last known bottle was sold in 2007 for $75,000 at auction by Christie’s.
‘These represent some of the most exclusive bottles ever produced, making this an iconic sale that will be remembered worldwide for years to come,’ said Geoff Kirk, Director of Prestige at the Macallan. ‘It is incredibly rare for The Macallan 1926 to be made available for purchase, and the sale offers whisky connoisseurs the chance to secure historic bottles emblematic of 20th-century pop culture.’