One of the world’s most sought-after whiskeys, a 60-year old The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, was auctioned for a record 848,750 pounds ($1.1 million) on Wednesday.
The buyer was a private collector from Asia who bid by phone, auctioneer Bonhams said. The firm sold one of 12 other bottles with a label by the Italian artist Adami in May this year for 814,091 pounds ($1,056,904 million).
Such whiskeys are collectors’ items because of their rarity and will probably not actually be drunk, said Martin Green, whiskey specialist at the auctioneer.
“It’s the Rolls Royce of malts,” he said.
“Obviously we don’t know what will happen to it, but anyone who can spend around a million pounds for a bottle of whiskey could afford to drink it. But it’s an object of beauty in its own right — almost a museum piece.”