Largest bottle of English sparkling wine ever made to be sold at Christie’s

England’s largest bottle of sparkling wine is expected to sell for up to £15,000 at auction this September.

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The largest bottle of English sparkling wine ever produced will be sold at auction this September as part of Christie’s ‘Out of the Ordinary’ programme.

Weighing 26kg, the bottle is equivalent to 10 magnums (or 120 glasses) and has been produced by the award-winning Chapel Down winery in Kent.

Four leading contemporary artists – Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Edmund de Waal – have signed the bottle as the event seeks to raise funds for the Turner Contemporary’s Catalyst Endowment campaign.

The bottle will be on display at the South Kensington auction house from 5 August until the auction on 3 September where it is expected to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000.

Mr Frazer Thompson, CEO of Chapel Down winery, said:

“We are very proud to have our award-winning wine associated with some of the country’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. 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.”

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