Giving Back: Sotheby’s Brings in $420,000 to Benefit Royal Opera House Foundation

“Many artists have found in wine a source of inspiration; it propels the mind towards imagination, fantasy, and towards truth too—in vino is truly veritas. The mirror, in particular, expresses truth and stimulates the imagination…I wanted this artwork to be fluid, flexible, dynamic, just like the flowing movement of a thought.”Michelangelo Pistoletto

In celebration of Ornellaia’s 25th anniversary, a charity auction gala dinner took place last week at the Royal Opera House in London. Sotheby’s London conducted an auction featuring 8 of the rare large format custom bottles created by Michelangelo Pistoletto for Vendemmia d’Artista Ornellaia 2010.

The evening raised a total of $364,900, with the single highest selling lot being the one-of-a-kind 9L Salamanzar for $122,400. The combined proceeds from this event and a previous auction in New York on February 23rd resulted in a total donation of $420,000 which will benefit The Royal Opera House Foundation. The New York auction offered several pre-release lots of Ornellaia 2010 and debuted a special silk-screened 25th Anniversary logo which will decorate every bottle of the vintage.

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s creation encapsulates the fundamental theme of his art: the mirror. The spiral that entwines itself around the Double Magnum bottle; the sculpted, three-dimensional spiral on the one-of-a-kind Salmanazar; and the varying forms of the Imperial bottle labels are all made of a special reflective material that is intimately connected with the motifs that the artist has been developing since the early 1960s.

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