Special Bottles Sell For $191,476 At Charity Auction
Created by Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Huan for the Tuscan winery Tenuta Dell ‘Ornellaia, this past weekend a series of Confucius-themed wines, part of the winemaker’s annual art project, sold for a total of US$191,476 at a charity auction hosted by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. Featuring a theme similar to “Q Confucius,” Zhang’s collaboration with Tenuta Dell ‘Ornellaia included, in all, 100 750 mL bottles and 10 one-liter bottles, along with a single nine-liter bottle onto which was fixed a one-of-a-kind oval-shaped portrait of Confucius. At the auction, notable lots included a set of 10 Imperials, purchased for $79,506, all of which will be donated to the H2 Foundation for Arts & Education.
As Tenuta Dell ‘Ornellaia CEO Giovanni Geddes, said last month, “Each year we commission a great artist to create works of art for our series, reflecting the characteristics of the wine itself and its vintage.” Geddes went on to note that this year’s release is particularly “balanced,” hence the Confucian imagery. As we previously pointed out, Zhang’s collaboration with Tenuta Dell ‘Ornellaia also goes beyond only labels, and includes a specially made steel sculpture of the ancient Chinese philosopher, which the winery has placed in its courtyard.