‘Holy Grail’ of whisky sells for $1.1 million for single bottle

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Rare Whisky Bottle Sells For Over $1 Million In Scotland

One of the most rare bottles of single malt whisky was just sold and you may need to sit down and have a drink when you find out the price.

A bottle of 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold for just over $1.1 million.

The New York Times reported that's more than what you could pay for a castle.

The price tag wasn’t for a cask of whisky, but for a single, 750-milliliter bottle.

A private buyer paid 700,000 pounds, or about $912,100, and a 148,000 pounds sales premium, the Times reported.

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The person’s name was not released, but the winning amount was a phone bid and that the person was from Asia.

Part of the value of the whisky is not only what is inside the bottle, but also from what’s on the outside.

The Scottish distillery asked pop artist Valerio Adami to design the label, the Times reported.

Twelve bottles of the whisky had Adami's design. Twelve other bottles of the whisky, which was bottled in 1986 after being aged for six decades, were decorated with a label from pop artist Peter Blake. Of the 24 bottles created, no one is sure how many still remain of what's called the "Holy Grail" of whisky, the Times reported.

Blake is known for designing the album sleeve for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," NBC News reported.

One bottle may have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan. At least one has been drunk.

Another bottle of Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 whisky was auctioned off in May for $1.06 million in Hong Kong, NBC News reported.

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