The world’s most expensive bottle of whisky – described by experts as the Holy Grail – has been sold for nearly $1 million at auction. The 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 went under the hammer yesterday at Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh. Although 12 bottles of the vintage whisky were produced, it is not known how many of them still exist. One is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it is believed that at least one of them has been opened and consumed. Since the auction was announced earlier this year, Bonhams has been receiving inquiries from across the world, particularly China, for the tipple. The whisky was bottled in 1986 having been stored in a vat for 60 years previously. Macallan commissioned two world-famous Pop Artists, Valerio Adami and Peter Blake, to design labels for a very limited edition of 24 bottles -12 of the Adami and 12 of the Blake labels. Valerio Adami (born 1935) is an Italian artist famous for painting bold, flat forms outlined in thick, black lines, in a style reminiscent of comic art. He is among the most acclaimed of 20th Century Pop Artists.
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