A bottle of Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 could set a new world record by selling for a whopping $1.2 million

A rare bottle of the world’s most expensive whisky is up for auction. The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old will go under the hammer at Bonhams Whisky Sale on 3 October in Edinburgh. Bottled in 1986, the whisky features a distinctive label designed by the world-famous Pop Artists – Valerio Adami. Only 12 such editions were created alongside another 12 by another pop artist Peter Blake. The bottle is presented in a specially commissioned cabinet or Tantalus, which is based on the traditional ‘Brass and Glass’ distillery spirit safe.

This bottle is estimated at £700,000-900,000 (US$890,206 to $1,144,624). Earlier this year a set of two of the same whiskies (one by each designer) sold for a record smashing price of $1.2 million earlier this year. Given the rarity of these whiskies, there will undoubtedly be a good demand for this bottle among collectors.

Bonhams Whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green said of the whisky, “The Macallan 1926 60 year old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky. Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market. It is a great honour to be offering this amazingly rare whisky at our Edinburgh sale.”


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