In 1986, 24 bottles of whisky were bottled after being left to age in oaken casks for 60 years. This week, one of those bottles was auctioned off by Bonhams for more than a million dollars.
The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold for more than 1.1 million dollars, creating a new record, and making one lucky person, reportedly from Asia, the owner of what can well be described as one of the rarest whiskies in the world.
Along with a lengthy ageing period, what makes the bottle special is that its label was designed by Valerio Adami, an Italian artist whose work was influenced by the Pop Art movement. Of the 24 bottles in the edition, 12 were commissioned to Adami to design the label for and the rest to Peter Blake. It is not known how many bottles are left, but one of Adami’s is said to have been destroyed in 2011 in an earthquake in Japan, while another was auctioned by Bonhams at an earlier auction of theirs this year.
To give more context about the price, the 750 ml bottle offers 25 small pegs—and the price of each (with the bottle's price crossing a million)? An approximate $44,000. So, should you get the chance to have it, consider skipping a mixer?