Pair of 1926 Macallan whiskies sell for record $1.2m

Dubai Airport-based retailer Le Clos has set a world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold following the purchase of two 1926 bottles of The Macallan for $1.2 million.

The two extremely rare bottles of The Macallan 1926 featured labels commissioned by artists Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami, and originally retailed for £20,000, with the last known individual bottle sold in 2007 for US$75,000 at Christie’s.

Both bottles were sold to a private collector for US$600,000 each – which almost matches another world held by The Macallan for the most expensive single bottle of whisky sold at auction.

A six-litre decanter of The Macallan M Imperiale in a Lalique decanter was sold by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for US$628,000 in January 2014, breaking the previous record of $460,000, which was also held by The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue.

This remains the most paid for a whisky at auction, however it equates to eight standard bottles, the equivalent of $78,000 per 70cl bottle, making this most recent sale of two bottles for $600,000 each, and not in an auction setting, proportionately far more significant.