Would you pay over half a million dollars for a bottle of Scotch? Many of the world's top collectors certainly would, and they're no doubt salivating at the chance to score two of the most coveted single malts ever produced at Bonhams' sale of Fine and Rare Whisky in Hong Kong on May 18.
The elixirs in question were made by iconic Speyside distillery The Macallan and there are only a handful of each bottle, containing 60-year-old whiskey distilled in 1926 and bottled in the 1980s. They haven't even been seen in public for over 30 years.
The first is known as the 60 Years Old 1926 Peter Blake Label (above) and the second the 60 Years Old 1926 Adami Label (below), and each is estimated to sell for up to $586,000, making them among the most expensive whiskeys of all time. They were never offered for sale originally and were given to the distillery's most valued customers.
Blake is the legendary designer of the Beatles' famous album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band while Valerio Adami is an Italian Post Impressionist painter who was heavily influenced by Pop Art. Both of the extremely precious bottles are presented in specially commissioned brass, wood and glass cabinets based on the traditional "spirit safes" found in whiskey distilleries.