Château Mouton Rothschild have announced that Sotheby’s will auction 75 limited-edition cases containing five different vintages. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Palace of Versailles, to help fund restoration projects. The cases themselves will be collectors’ items, specially created to evoke both Versailles and the Château.
“An artistic bridge from one chateau to another, together we conceived this presentation case which celebrates the art and the art of living of one of the world’s finest wines, Château Mouton Rothschild, and the Palace of Versailles, a landmark of the world’ cultural heritage,” said Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, chairman and CEO of Baron Philippe de Rothschild. “It has been our wish to support the restoration of the Palace of Versailles by created a limited-series collector’s case that brings together two internationally renowned symbols of art.”
Art has always been central to the history of Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s family and Château Mouton Rothschild is also well known for its links to leading contemporary artists. Since 1945, a notable artist has been commissioned to illustrate that year’s label. The five-box set will include labels created by Giuseppe Penone, Bernar Venet, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and Lee Ufan, all of whom have also exhibited at Versailles.
The cases will be offered at three Sotheby’s auctions in Spring of 2019, in Hong Kong, London and New York.
A spokesperson for Versailles said that the restoration project chosen will depend on the proceeds raised at the auctions. “It will most probably be the restoration of a room or an element of decoration inside the Palace.”