The title of the world’s most expensive bottle of whiskey has been claimed by a Macallan 1926, fetching a staggering $2.7 million (around Rs 22 million) at a Sotheby’s auction. This sale not only secured a new benchmark for whiskey, but also set a record for the highest priced bottle of liquor or wine ever sold at auction.
What was the auction for?
During an intense bidding war, a rare 1926 Macallan single malt whisky, emblazoned with the Valerio Adami label, sold for a staggering $2.7 million (approximately Rs 22 crore) at Sotheby’s auction. Considered by experts to be the pinnacle of the most sought-after whiskeys worldwide, it marked an important milestone in the field of spirits.
Where was the auction held?
The recent auction was held by Sotheby’s in London, the extraordinary sale that caused a sensation in the history books.
Why is whiskey so weird?
This rare whiskey is part of a distinguished collection comprising 40 bottles, all distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, after having matured for an impressive 60 years in casks. What sets it apart are the labels adorned by Italian artist Valerio Adami.
Among these bottles, 14 feature renowned Fine and Rare labels, while 2 remain label-free, and a single bottle was hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon, making each an extraordinary and distinctive work of art.
How did the auction surprise viewers?
Initially estimated to sell for between $934,275 (around Rs 7 million) and $1.49 million (around Rs 12 million), the rare Adami-labeled bottle surpassed all predictions at Sotheby’s auction.
More than twice its estimated value, this exceptional spirit not only boasts extreme rarity, but also has the distinction of being the oldest Macallan whiskey ever produced, further adding to its prestige and appeal.
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