In London, Sotheby’s auction house broke a world record by selling the most expensive bottle of whiskey in history for over 2.5 million euros. This Macallan 1926 75cl bottle, distilled in 1926 and bottled after 60 years of maturation in oak barrels, surpassed the previous record set in 2019.
This rare Scotch whisky is the oldest vintage of the Macallan brand and could be the last in a series of 12 bearing a label designed by Italian painter Valerio Adami in 1993. One of these bottles was reportedly destroyed by an earthquake in Japan.
The cork of this bottle was replaced by the distillery this year, and it comes with a proof of 42.8. Only 40 bottles were produced from Macallan cask no. 263, and one had already been sold for nearly 1.5 million pounds (around 1.7 million euros) in 2019.
Sotheby’s initially estimated the bottle to be worth between £750,000 and £1.2 million, but it turned out to be much more profitable than expected.