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A BOT­TLE of 92-year-old whisky has sold for a world record price of £1.2 mil­lion (R21m) – or £43 000 (R770 000) per glass.

The sin­gle-malt scotch was pro­duced in 1926 by The Ma­callan dis­tillery. It spent 60 years ma­tur­ing be­fore be­ing bot­tled in lim­ited num­ber in 1986.

It is claimed to be the finest cask of whisky ever ma­tured.

Peter Blake, the artist be­hind the al­bum cover for The Bea­tles’ Sgt Pep­per’s

Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Ital­ian pain­ter Va­le­rio Adami were asked to de­sign a la­bel for 12 bot­tles each.

One bot­tle with the Adami la­bel sold for a then world record price of £848 000 in Ed­in­burgh in Oc­to­ber.

Ir­ish artist Michael Dil­lon hand painted one bot­tle with an im­age de­pict­ing the Easter Elchies es­tate where the dis­tillery is si­t­u­ated. This bot­tle has just been sold by auc­tion­eers Christie’s in Lon­don for a ham­mer price of £1m.

With fees added, the to­tal paid by the over­seas buyer was £1.2m – the equiv­a­lent of £43 000 per shot.

Tim Trip­tree, of Christie’s, said: “I would like to think the new owner will drink it. The Ma­callan is un­doubt­edly the lead­ing distiller of all sin­gle malt whisky.

And this bot­tle is the holy grail for whisky col­lec­tors.

Some 40 bot­tles were pro­duced from this cask but this record-break­ing bot­tle was com­pletely unique. The auc­tion mar­ket for sin­gle malt whisky is red hot at the mo­ment. |

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