Back in August, the shuttered elBulli announced that it would be auctioning off the entirety of its wine cellar via Sotheby's. Today the elBulli Foundation announced via Twitter that the collection, which totals 8,807 bottles will be auctioned off over two sales — one in New York and one in Hong Kong — with an estimated worth between $1.1 and $1.6 million.
The restaurant's co-owner and unofficial wine director Juli Soler ensured that the wines of Spain formed its centerpiece. Of those 8,807 bottles, Spain claims 2,000 bottles, including 100 bottles of Vega Sicilia's 'Unico', while Burgundy makes up the majority with more that 2,400 bottles on the the block from the likes of Leroy, DRC, Lafon, and d'Angerville, all expected to net more than a half million dollars alone. Beyond the blue chips, the auction promises a number of interesting off-the-beaten path lots, including rare sherries dating back to 1830 and a sizeable collection of wines from the now-deceased cult Pouilly Fumé producer Didier Dagueneau.
Early estimates placed the value of the collection in the high six figures, but the Sotheby's pre-sale estimate sets the value higher. However, the big news is that, according to Sotheby's (link), all proceeds from the sale will, "benefit the elBulli Foundation that will focus its activity on 'Creativity.'" Sotheby's explains: "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."
Thanks to Adria's Bullipedia, which he calls, "the world's fist culinary Wiki" that will contain "every bit of gastronomic knowledge ever uncovered," hopefully we'll all find out about all those "innovation processes" soon enough. In the meantime, the sale is scheduled for on April 26, 2013 in New York and April 3, 2013 in Hong Kong. Full release here.