Scotch tipped to break booze record at $1m plus
>> NEW YORK: A bottle of Scotch dating back to 1926 was tipped to set a new record in New York yesterday for most expensive bottle of alcohol sold at auction, valued at up to US$1.2 million (about 39 million baht) by Sotheby’s.
The whisky aged 60 years in a casket at Scottish distillery The Macallan before being bottled in 1986, its maturing process complete.
The Macallan, in Craigellachie, northern Scotland only ever produced 40 bottles from the 1926 vintage that had matured for 60 years.
Twelve of them — yesterday’s lot included — were given a label by English pop artist Peter Blake, best known for co-designing the cover of 1967 Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The label references key events in 1926 such as the attempted assassination of Italian Fascist ruler Benito Mussolini and the death of Hollywood actor Rudolph Valentino.
Sotheby’s estimates the value of the bottle at between $700,000 and $1.2 million, with three other Macallan 1926 bottles sold at auction in the last six months for just over a million dollars each.