Katy Perry to headline at Auction Napa Valley 2019

American pop star Katy Perry will headline at this year’s Auction Napa Valley at Meadowood in June, where she has been tasked with starting the bidding.

The 39th annual Auction Napa Valley will be held in the grounds of Meadowood

Perry, who recently got engaged to English actor Orlando Bloom, will launch a spirited bidding session at Saturday’s live auction and will go on to perform some her biggest hits, which include I Kissed a Girl, Hot N Cold, Teenage Dream and California Gurls.

Canadian-American celebrity chef, Ayesha Curry, will be catering at the event, and will be cooking over open fires à la Francis Mallmann.

Katy Perry will start the bidding at this year’s Auction Napa Valley

Tickets for the 39th annual Auction Napa Valley, hosted by Napa Valley Vintners, went on sale this week. The event takes place from 30 May to 2 June 2019.

Tickets to the Friday barrel auction cost US$500 per person, while a space at the live auction on Saturday 2 June will set you back US$2,000 a head.

During the auction, held in a giant white tent on the grounds of Meadowood, bidders have the chance to snap up mythical wines and unique wine experiences.

High rollers can opt for the VIP auction experience, priced at $20,000 per couple, which includes luxury accommodation at Meadowood, a private car service, VIP access to the auction after party at The Charter Oak, and priority invitations to winemaker dinners.

The event will also include a series of welcome parties and a farewell brunch on 3 June.

Proceeds from the auction will raise funds for community health and children’s education in Napa Valley. To date, the Napa Valley Vintners has given $185 million in proceeds to local nonprofit partners.

This year’s auction will mark the 75th anniversary of Napa Valley Vintners.

In 2017 db’s Lucy Shaw attended the 37th annual Auction Napa Valley, hosted by Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola and his family.

The top selling single lot that year included an Imperial of Dalla Vale’s Maya 2013, three nights in Tokyo and dinner at the three Michelin-star Kanda with owner Naoko Dalla Vale, which garnered an impressive $720,000.

The top lot of the night was from Colgin Cellars. Featuring dinner at Alain Passard’s L’Arpège in Paris and lunch at Krug’s Clos du Mesnil vineyard, auctioneer Fritz Hatton incited a bidding war that saw the lot won by three people, who paid $700,000 each for the experience, raising $2.1m.

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