The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old. Sold for £848,750. Estimate: £700,000-900,000
Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh make a record-breaking £1,674,125 today (3 October). The star of the sale was a bottle of the extremely rare The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year oldwhich sold for a new world record of £848,750. It had been estimated at £700,000-900,000. This is believed to be the most valuable item ever sold at auction in Scotland.
Bonhams Whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green commented:” This was an exceptional sale – the most valuable we have ever held in Edinburgh. Not only did we establish a new world record for a bottle of whisky at auction – the third we have set in six months – but the rest of the sale also performed extremely strongly”.
The Adami 1926was bought by the vendor – a long-term collector of single malt whisky – direct from the Macallan distillery in 1994. It was part of a 73 lot collection consigned by the collector that sold for a total of£1,280,375. It also included three bottles of Black Bowmore 1964 bottled in 1993, 1994 and 1995 that sold for £97,500 (Estimate: £42,000-51,000).
The previous world record for a bottle of whisky sold at auction was set by Bonhams in May this year when another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926was sold for £814,081 (HK$8,636,250).
The whisky was bottled in 1986. Macallan commissioned two world-famous Pop Artists – Valerio Adami and Peter Blake – to design labels for a very limited edition of 24 bottles –12 of the Adami and 12 of the Blake labels. The bottle is elegantly presented in a specially commissioned cabinet or Tantalus, based on the traditional ‘Brass and Glass’ distillery spirit safe.
Although 12 bottles ofThe Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 were produced, it is not known how many of them still exist. One is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it is believed that at least one of them has been opened and drunk.
Valerio Adami(born 1935) is an Italian artist famous for painting bold, flat forms outlined in thick, black lines, in a style reminiscent of comic art. He is among the most acclaimed of 20thCentury Pop Artists.
- NEW WORLD RECORD FOR MOST VALUABLE BOTTLE SOLD AT AUCTION
- STAR WHISKY COLLECTION MAKES MORE THAN £1.25M
- SALE TOTAL EXCEEDS £1.6 MILLION