Naples Wine Auction Breaks Records
As expected, this year's Naples Wine Festival broke records. The auction brought in $12.2 million, a full million over last year's total. 100 percent of the money raised will go go to help children. Last year, 20 charities received $7.04 million of the $11.2 million raised. Tickets to the event cost $7,500 per couple and bidding was held in a large white tent with tables decorated with a brightly-colored circus theme. Some of the highest bids included a 2006 silver-gray Continental Flying Spur Bentley for a high bid of $440,000, $520,000 for a "Capri Red" 2006 Ferrari Spyder and $520,000 for a one-week yachting excursion on the Mediterranean. Emeril Lagasse joined in the fun offering to cook an additional meal to add to those donated by four other famous chefs in an auction lot called "Kick it Up a Notch in the Big Apple" and acted as temporary auctioneer. Lagasse also bid $420,000, with a second bidder, for an auction lot called "The Perfect Getaway," featuring a trip with six couples for seven days and six nights aboard the 177-foot yacht Katharine through the Mediterranean Sea. The article doesn't say who won the Rolls-Royce Phantom that was auctioned off.