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Dinner with Ferran Adria sold for £15,000 at Hong Kong auction

03 April 2013 by
Dinner with Ferran Adria sold for £15,000 at Hong Kong auction

A dinner with iconic Spanish chef Ferran Adria at El Bulli has sold for $23,000 (£15,000) at an auction in Hong Kong.

The dinner for four is the first of two to be sold off as part of two Sotheby auctions, which also include El Bulli's wine cellar, equipment and memorabilia, with proceeds set to benefit the El Bulli Foundation.

An online Asian bidder bought the first dinner, with the second to be auctioned on 26 April in New York.

Meanwhile a set of 10 custom-engraved knives went for nearly $8,000 (£5,300), and a chef's jacket for $1,030 (£680).

Some of El Bulli's wines also went under the hammer, with Sotheby's saying 82% of the restaurants wines sold above its high estimate.

An unidentified Hong Kong businessman bought the three most expensive lots of Romanee-Conti wines from 1990, 2000 and 2003, with the priciest selling for $59,000 (£39,000).

"I think the New York sale will also go as well as this one, so it's going to be double the amount of money," Adria said. "This is a lot more than what I was expecting, so we are very pleased."

More than 8,800 bottles from the cellars of the former three-Michelin-starred restaurant on the Costa Brava will be auctioned off in total, with total sales estimated to exceed $1m (£624,000).

The three-Michelin-starred El Bulli, which was named the best restaurant in the world five times, closed last year and will reopen in a completely different guise as the El Bulli Foundation, a centre of creativity and learning in 2014.

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