Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the much anticipated auction of the elBulli wine cellar. On 3 April 2013 in Hong Kong and 26 April 2013 in New York, Sotheby’s will offer wines from the cellar of the celebrated Catalan restaurant that closed last year. Founded over 50 years ago in 1961, elBulli was led by Ferran Adrià for the last 27 years.
Under the leadership of Ferran Adrià and Juli Soler, the cutting edge gastronomy of elBulli is recognized as having changed culinary history by reworking ingredients into new forms and combinations. It was feted with awards including topping the Restaurant Magazine list of the world’s 50 best restaurants five times, with Adrià frequently named the world’s greatest chef. Since closing in July 2011, elBulli is transforming to become the elBullifoundation, an experimental centre looking at the process of innovation and creativity and sharing the results via the new website Bullipedia.
The auctions will present collectors all over the world with an opportunity to acquire the wines from his restaurant, some of which were labeled exclusively for the three Michelin star establishment.
Over the two sales, 8,807 bottles will be offered, with proceeds benefiting the elBullifoundation, which will focus its activity on ‘Creativity.’ The Foundation will study the efficiency of the innovation processes, and how they are recorded and audited, using cooking as a language that interacts with other disciplines.
Learn more about the sale of the elBulli wines and the elBullifoundation.
On 26 April, the second part of the much-anticipated sale of The elBullicellar Sold To Benefit The elBullifoundation totaled $913,605, well over the $515,300/768,250 estimate. The auction follows the 3 April sale in Hong Kong which fetched $1.8 million, bringing the overall total for the two auctions to $2,718,909, well over the combined $1,334,853/1,951,591 estimate.