Le Clos, the Dubai-Airport based luxury spirits retailer, has sold two extremely rare bottles of The Macallan 1926 to an international businessman for his private collection. Each bottle was sold for US$600,000.

The whisky was distilled back in 1926, and aged for a long 60 years in ex-sherry wood, before being bottled in 1986. It was not actually the water of life in the bottles which were the main attraction but the fact that the pair are labelled with original artworks by renowned artists Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami.

Geoff Kirk, director of prestige at The Macallan, said: “These represent some of the most exclusive bottles ever produced making this an iconic sale that will be remembered worldwide for years to come.”

The sale at Le Clos sets a new benchmark for private sales and completes another chapter in The Macallan’s history as a collector’s whisky – the distillery also currently holds the record for most expensive whisky bottle sold at auction with The Macallan M Imperiale achieving US$628,000 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2014.