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A pair of 1926 60 Year Old Macallans 

The two Macallans are still in a Brass and Glass Spirit Safe in pristine condition. On the left is the Peter Blake label, and on the right is the Valerio Adami label.

Macallan today has grown to be one of the world’s most coveted whisky brands, with rare bottlings and old vintages commanding hefty prices and cherished by collectors as crown jewels.

The two rare bottles of Macallan 1926 at the Bonhams’ Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky sale were among the 24 bottles with labels commissioned by two of the 20th century’s renowned Pop Art artists, Sir Peter Blake and Italy’s Valerio Adami, making them highly sought-after among whisky collectors and art connoisseurs.
The bottles were distilled at The Macallan Distillers in Craigellachie in 1926 and matured in Sherry casks for 60 years before being released in 1986 to offer as corporate gifts to the distillery’s most valued customers. Only 24 bottles – 12 of the Blake label and 12 of the Adami label – were produced.

The bottle with the Peter Blake label has the bottle number ‘8/12’ on its front label, indicating it’s the eighth bottle of the 12 bottles produced, while the Adami label on offer is the second bottle of the 12 bottles produced. Both bottles are signed by the respective artist and The Macallan chairman Allan Shiach.

Each bottle is estimated to fetch HK$3,600,000-4,600,000 (US$460,000 – 586,000). The Peter Blake bottle is expected to go under hammer at 7.30pm on 18 May, followed by the Valerio Adami bottle at 9.30pm.

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