Macallan 1926 sold for world record price

The 60-year-old single malt whisky was auctioned at Sotheby's for £1.5 million

Nobody is surprised anymore when old whiskies achieve huge prices at auctions. First and foremost, Macallan whisky is repeatedly sold for record sums, like this week when at an auction of Sotheby's a bottle The Macallan Fine & Rare 60 years of 1926 changed the owner for a gigantic sum of £1.45 million pounds.

The Macallan was offered by a private American collector. Who is now one and a half million pounds poorer whiskey collector (or investor), was not published. Thus, the price topped the previous world record price, which was achieved about a year ago for a 60-year-old Macallan.

The whisky auctioned now at the world record price is a bottle of Macallan Single Malt Whisky with the cask number 263. It was distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986 at 42.6% ABV as 60-year-old The Macallan Fine & Rare.

It's one of 40 bottles that were bottled by Macallan from this cask. The 40 bottles were not all provided with the same label. Only 14 bottles received the classic Fine & Rare label; 12 labels each were designed by the artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake, the last two bottles were designed individually.

One of these unique bottles was hand painted by Michael Dillon and features the Easter Elchies House of Macallan. This bottle was auctioned last year by Christie's at a price of £1.2 million – it was the previous record holder.