Title: Rare Macallan 1926 Whisky Sells for Record-Breaking £2.1m at Sotheby’s Auction
In a historic moment for whisky collectors and enthusiasts, a bottle of Macallan 1926 has shattered the world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold. This exclusive bottle fetched a staggering £2.1 million at a recent Sotheby’s auction held in London, setting a new benchmark for the spirits and wine auction market.
The highly sought-after Macallan 1926, known for its exceptional quality and rarity, was expected to raise between £750,000 and £1.2 million. However, its extraordinary value exceeded all estimates, ultimately commanding a final price of £2,187,500. This sale not only broke the record for the highest price ever paid for a bottle of whisky but also represented the highest price ever paid for any bottle of spirit or wine at auction.
Previously, in 2019, a Macallan 1926 had set the bar at £1.5 million at another Sotheby’s auction. The continued surge of interest and demand for this exceptional whisky demonstrates its enduring appeal among collectors and investors.
Before the sale, Jonny Fowle, the head of whisky at Sotheby’s, had a unique opportunity to sample this prestigious liquid treasure. Fowle described the Macallan 1926 as a rich and intriguing whisky, boasting flavors of dried fruit, spice, and wood notes. Such detailed tasting notes only added to the allure and mystique surrounding this particular vintage.
Crafted as the oldest vintage ever produced by Macallan, the Macallan 1926 holds an esteemed place in the world of whisky aficionados. Limited to just 40 bottles, this extraordinary creation originated from Cask 263. These bottles, a precious reward offered exclusively to Macallan’s top clients in 1986, were never available for purchase by the general public.
Recent years have witnessed numerous instances of the record for the most expensive bottle of Macallan 1926 being toppled, each time by different variations of this rare whisky. The current record-breaking bottle is one of the only 12 Macallan 1926 bottles to feature labels designed by renowned Italian painter Valerio Adami in 1993. Adami’s striking artistic contribution adds another layer of distinction to these already highly coveted bottles.
This remarkable auction further solidifies the Macallan’s reputation as a brand synonymous with luxury and exclusivity. Whisky enthusiasts worldwide anxiously anticipate the next opportunity to witness the appearance of this exceptional bottle and eagerly await the auction stage for the breaking of the next record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold.
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