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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Bottle of Scotch Whisky Sells for Record $1.528 Million Dollars!

Christie's Auction House has announced that an ultra-rare bottle of 1926 Macallan whisky that features a bottle painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon has sold for an astounding $1,528,800! Aside from being a 60 year old whisky, what makes this unique is the one of a kind bottle painting by Michael Dillon. According to the listing:
The bottle painting was commissioned and offered for sale through Fortnum & Mason in London in 1999. Christie’s are delighted to be offering this unique Macallan 1926 60-Year-Old Michael Dillon bottle, which is unquestionably the 'Holy Grail' for whisky collectors as it is truly one-of-a-kind.  
The bottle which beautifully depicts the Easter Elchies House of The Macallan and the Scottish Highlands is offered in a luxurious “The Macallan 60 Year Old” wooden presentation case with a certificate of authenticity from The Macallan. 

As for the whisky, it spent 60-Years maturing in ex-sherry casks. It was bottled in 1986 and produced 40 bottles (I'm struggling on the math as this would make it a 62 year old whisky...) Each bottle has a unique hand painted label by famous painters of the day. Again, per Christie's:
Of the original 40 bottles, 12 had labels designed by Peter Blake, who is best known for designing the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper  album, and a further 12 individually numbered bottles were designed by the Italian painter Valerio Adami. These bottles are much better known among whisky collectors,’ explains Tim Triptree MW, Christie’s International Director of Wine. ‘A few of them have come up for sale previously, and actually, in May this year, a 1926 Macallan with a Valerio Adami label sold for $1.1 million — an auction record.’ 
The bottles with labels designed by Peter Blake were released in 1989, and the Valerio Adami bottles in 1993. The remaining bottles joined The Macallan’s Fine & Rare Collection.

This is truly a crazy price. For those interested in the math, we'll assume this is a 750ml bottle. That comes out to a bit more than 25oz... so for a 2 oz pour at cost, you're looking at $125,000 a pour... If it is a full liter, you're looking at a much more reasonable $90,000.

As a public service, if you do have that kind of money to spend on spirits, I'm available as a best friend for hire. My contact information is located on the homepage!

Source: Christie's

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