The bottle of whiskey from 1926 that holds the new sales price record, at nearly 950,000 euros. – ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP
An extremely rare bottle of whiskey hit a record-breaking Wednesday at an auction in Edinburgh, England
Scotland. This bottle of vintage 1926 whiskey produced by Macallan and designed by the Italian artist Valerio Adami was sold 848,750 pounds (947,000 euros), breaking the record held until then by a bottle of the same whiskey that had sold 1.01 million dollars (857,000 euros) in May in Hong Kong.
"The buyer comes from the Far East where there is a huge interest in whiskey," said AFP Richard Harvey, Beverly sales expert at Bonhams. "Whiskey bars are opening up everywhere in the Far East, which is attracting considerable interest and probably explains why between a third and 40% of our sales go to buyers in the Far East," he said. he declares.
Barrel storage for sixty years
Bonhams now holds the record for the three most valuable bottles of whiskey ever sold at auction. "It's a great honor to have set a new world record, and it's particularly thrilling to have made it here in Scotland, the country of whiskey," said Martin Green, whiskey specialist at Bonhams.
The whiskey was distilled in 1926 and kept in a barrel until bottled 60 years later, in 1986. Only 24 bottles were produced with labels designed by two famous pop-12 artists of the British Peter Blake and 12 of the Italian Valerio Adami.
The bottle sold Wednesday was purchased directly from the Macallan Distillery for an undisclosed amount in 1994 and was part of a larger collection of the same owner proposed at the time of the sale. It is not known how many bottles still exist, but one was destroyed during an earthquake in Japan in 2011 and another was drunk.