Scotch tipped to break booze record at $1m plus

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>> 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.

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