Lloyd Webber to auction wine collection to affluent Asians

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will sell up to $4.1 million (2.5 million pounds) of fine wines in an upcoming Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction, aimed at tapping soaring demand for fine vintages among Asian wine collectors.

The well-known composer of smash hit musicals such as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” will be putting up 748 lots of wine, sourced in part from the temperature controlled cellars of his 16th century English home, Sydmonton Court.

The bulk of the vintages in the January 22 sale are French and include 21 cases of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005, 10 cases of Chateau Lafite 2005, and two magnums of Domaine de la Romanee Conti — each worth an estimated $25,000.

“I’m very happy that Sotheby’s is bringing part of my precious wine collection to Hong Kong, particularly given that many wine connoisseurs are now in Asia,” said Lloyd Webber in a statement.

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