Last year we produced the largest ever bottle of English sparkling wine to celebrate Turner Contemporary’s one millionth visitor in August 2013. The bottle was then signed by leading British artists and auctioned for charity at Christies this month fetching an incredible £12,500.
The 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar of Chapel Down’s trophy winning Blanc de Blancs 2007 sparkling wine weighs 26kg, is the equivalent to 10 magnums (120 glasses) and contains around 60 million bubbles – one for every person in the UK. The bottle has been hand signed by four leading British artists who accompanied their signature with a sketch paying tribute to their career, including a shark by Damien Hirst, a self portrait by Tracey Emin, and an outline of a male figure by Antony Gormley, and a list of previous installations by Edmund de Waal.
The £12,500 raised by the auction will be donated to the Turner Contemporary’s Catalyst Endowment campaign which will help ensure the Turner Contemporary’s world-class art is accessible to everyone, growing the learning and outreach programmes and providing a legacy for the future of Margate and Kent.
Frazer Thompson states, “We are very proud to have our award winning wine associated with some of England’s finest contemporary artists. We love trying to do things differently, to surprise and delight our customers, and this bottle is a great example of that. The Turner Contemporary has done a terrific job in helping to regenerate Kent. We like to feel that our rolling vineyards are doing the same and, perhaps, helping to inspire a new generation of artists.”