- 1926 bottle of Macallan highland whisky sold at Christie’s in London for £1.2m
- The one-of-a-kind bottle was hand-painted by Irish mural artist Michael Dillon
- After 60 years in an ex-sherry cask, it is the ‘finest scotch ever matured’
A bottle of 92-year-old whisky has sold for a world record price of £1,200,000. The single-malt scotch was produced in 1926 by revered distillery The Macallan in Moray in Scotland. It spent the next 60 years maturing in an ex-sherry cask before being bottled in limited number in 1986.
It is said to be the finest cask of whisky ever matured.
Peter Blake, the renowned artist behind the album cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Italian painter Valerio Adami were asked to design a label for 12 bottles each.
One bottle with the Adami label sold earlier this year for a then-world-record price if £848,000.
But what is less well known is that Irish artist Michael Dillon commissioned and hand-painted a one-off bottle.
The unique ‘Holy Grail’ bottle sold at London’s Fortnum and Mason in 1999 for an unknown price.