The $1m wine book
The $1m wine book
It weighs as much as a nine year old child, 25 of the 100 limited editions have already been sold
A wine book, weighing 30kg, listing the world's top 100 wineries, is set to be released in the Spring of 2010, with a $1m price tag.
That's not a typo, and of 100 limited editions, 25 have already been pre-ordered, with a number of other copies set aside for auction.
So what do you get for $1m?
Well, the book is published by Kraken Opus, who have previously published Opus's on Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, British football club Manchester United, and The Super Bowl.
Future editions will include The Rolling Stones, The Vatican (with the co-operation of the private library in Rome), and the Journey to Mecca.
In the instance of the Maradona edition, the book will contain a sample of Maradona's blood and hair.
Another Opus, is a diamond encrusted affair, detailing the Prince concerts at the London O2 arena last year.
This is expected to break the record sale price for a printed work when it comes up for auction later in the year. The purchaser will also get a private performance, for 50 people, from the star at his Los Angeles home.
With regards to the Wine Opus at $1m, a panel of wine experts will draw up a list of 300 wine producers and a second panel, comprising 40 sommeliers, will make the final selection of the top 100.
This exclusive Opus is expected to weigh in at 30kg, pretty much the same as a nine year old child. Each purchaser will also receive a six-bottle case of wine from every one of the 100 wineries listed, as well as an invitation to visit them.
Can it be worth $1m?
The simple answer is yes.
A limited edition Manchester United Opus recently changed hands for 1 million.
The Prince edition commemorating his 2008 concerts goes on sales at Sotheby's later this year - the price tag? Don't look for too much change out of 10m.
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