The two bottles are extremely rare. The whisky was distilled in 1926 then aged 60 years in sherry-seasoned oak barrels before being bottled and released in 1986. Of the 40 bottles produced, 12 were given to British artist Sir Peter Blake, famed for co-creating the Beatles’ album cover for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and 12 were given to the Italian artist Valerio Adami (released in 1993), one of the most acclaimed pop artists of the 21st century. Each artist created a bespoke label for the bottles, making them highly sought after by art-lovers and whisky collectors alike.
Originally the bottles were priced at £20,000, which was unimaginably high 25 to 30 years ago. The last known sale of a bottle of The Macallan 1926 was in 2007 at Christie’s for $75,000.
The $1.2 million purchase was made by a businessman at Le Clos, a luxury spirits retailer based at Dubai International Airport.