Earlier this year, a pair of The Macallan 1962 whiskies sold for a record-breaking $1.2 million. One month later, a rarer bottle sold for an even higher $1 million. Yesterday, that prodigious record was broken again.
On Wednesday, a bottle of 60-year-old The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 sold at auction for a staggering $1.1 million. According to a specialist at the auction house in Scotland, the specialty scotch is “one of the rarest and most desirable bottles ever produced.” The price of the bottle included both the initial bid and a sales premium.
The value of the bottle comes from a variety of factors. After aging the scotch for 60 years, The Macallan commissioned artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake to design two labels for the scarce whisky. Only 24 bottles of the scotch were ever produced. It’s not known how many in the world remain today.
Though the identity of the buyer was kept anonymous, a spokesperson for the auction house revealed that a buyer from Asia had placed the bid over the phone. While whiskies, specifically Japanese, are on the rise in Asia, the record sale for a bottle of Asian-made whisky is currently $343,000, after Yamazaki sold a rare 50-year old bottle in August.