ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Twelve bottles of 1982 red Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classe, from France’s Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, sold for $22,425 at Brunk Auctions’ Nov. 3 sale. A case of 1982 red Bordeaux from Chateau Mouton-Rothschild went for $12,650. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 15 percent.
The sale’s top lot was British artist Montague Dawson’s painting of a frigate at full sail on a white-capped sea. The 24-inch by 36-inch oil on canvas in a silver gilt Arts & Crafts frame realized $92,000 (estimate $40,000-$80,000). Julian Oliver Davidson’s painting, The Burning of the USS Congress, March 8, 1862, came in just shy of its lower estimate. The signed and dated Civil War battle scene between the wooden Congress and the ironclad CSS Virginia, with sailors swimming toward shore, brought $20,700.
Among the other fine art offerings, a Joseph Daziaro panorama of Moscow, circa 1850, measured 178 inches by 15-5/8 inches. It was made of 10 hand-colored lithograph pages and sold for $52,900.
A pair of silver George III tea caddies with tortoiseshell case, made in 1767, brought $34,500.
A New York mahogany Queen Anne drop-leaf dining table, from the 18th century and standing on slender turned legs with pointed slipper feet, closed at $46,000 (estimate $4,000-$8,000).
A 16th-century tapestry depicting the eighth of the 12 labors of Hercules carried a reserve of $18,000 and sold within estimate for $32,200.
Brunk Auctions’ next catalog sale will be Jan. 5-6, 2008. For more information, visit www.brunkauctions.com or call 828-254-6846.