Chapel Down Fizz auction to support the Arts
A 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar of Chapel Down sparkling Blanc de Blancs is to be auctioned at Christie’s to raise funds for a British arts charity.
The equivalent of 10 Magnums, it weighs 26kg and can fill 120 glasses. The 2007 vintage wine was produced to celebrate Turner Contemporary’s one millionth visitor in August 2013 – an arts organisation based in Kent.
The bottle has been signed by four leading contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Edmund de Waal. Each artist has accompanied their signature by a sketch which pays tribute to their career and practice, including a shark by Hirst, a self-portrait by Emin, an outline of a male figure by Gormley, and a list of previous installations by Edmund de Waal.
It will go on sale at Christie’s ‘Out of the Ordinary’ auction on 3 September to raise funds for Turner Contemporary’s Catalyst Endowment campaign - an art outreach fund which aims to make world-class art accessible to all.
The Nebuchadnezzar will go on display at Christie’s South Kensington from 5 August with an estimated price of £10,000 to £15,000.