Cheers! ‘Holy Grail’ bottle of 92-year-old single-malt whisky sells for world report £1.2MILLION
- 1926 bottle of Macallan highland whisky offered at Christie’s in London for £1.2m
- The one-of-a-kind bottle was hand-painted by Irish mural artist Michael Dillon
- After 60 years in an ex-sherry cask, it is the ‘best scotch ever matured’
Joel Adams For Mailonline
A bottle of 92-year-old whisky has offered for a world report worth of £1,200,000.
The one-malt scotch was produced in 1926 by revered distillery The Macallan in Moray in Scotland.
It spent the subsequent 60 years maturing in an ex-sherry cask earlier than being bottled in restricted quantity in 1986.
It’s mentioned to be the best cask of whisky ever matured.
The 60 yr outdated Macallan whisky, in a singular bottle hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon and held right here by Tim Triptree (pictured), Christie’s Worldwide Director of Wine, has offered at public sale for a world report worth of £1.2m
Peter Blake, the famend artist behind the album cowl for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band, and Italian painter Valerio Adami had been requested to design a label for 12 bottles every.
One bottle with the Adami label offered earlier this yr for a then-world-record worth if £848,000.
However what’s much less well-known is that Irish artist Michael Dillon commissioned and painted by hand a one-off bottle.
The distinctive ‘Holy Grail’ bottle offered at London’s Fortnum and Mason in 1999 for an unknown worth.
Irish mural painter Michael Dillon hand-painted only one bottle of the scotch, which comprises whisky from a cask of 60-year-old single-malt thought of to be the best ever matured
It emerged on the market at auctioneers Christies in London the place it offered for a hammer worth of £1m.
With charges added on, the entire worth paid by the nameless abroad purchaser was £1.2m.
The staggering worth equates to a single shot of the unique tipple now price £48,000.
The bottle has by no means been opened however the whisky is alleged to have an amber and mahogany color and developed a concentrated and sophisticated aroma.
Tim Triptree, worldwide director of wine at Christie’s, mentioned he ‘wish to consider’ the brand new proprietor will really benefit from the Scotch.
In October a bottle of the identical scotch offered for £848,750 on the Bonham’s Whisky Sale at their Edinburgh public sale home – however the bottle which simply offered at Christie’s has added nearly £400,000 to that world report.
He mentioned: ‘The Macallan is undoubtedly the main distiller of all single malt whisky and is streets forward of some other distillery.
‘And this bottle is the Holy Grail for whisky collectors.
‘Some 40 bottles had been produced from this cask however this record-breaking bottle was utterly distinctive.
‘The public sale marketplace for single malt whisky is purple sizzling in the intervening time.
‘There may be big demand and restricted provide, in contrast to a classic wine, of which there could be a couple of thousand bottles made.
‘I wish to suppose the brand new proprietor will drink it.
‘We’re delighted with the world report worth it achieved, it’s an incredible consequence.’
The Macallan distillery, positioned close to the River Spey in north east Scotland, was based in 1824
The distinctive hand-painted label for the record-breaking bottle depicts the Easter Elchies Home of The Macallan towards the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.