For their first annual sporting arts sale, veteran auctioneers Bob and Andrew Brunk lead off with a remarkable collection from a prominent North Carolina family. It took years for the family to accumulate the sale’s premier wildlife paintings. Most had decorated their walls for decades. Then a cache of 18th century maps and other sporting watercolors was discovered in metal storage containers. The containers had not been opened in years.
The Brunks added to the family lots an impressive array of sporting bronzes, rifles and revolvers from private and institutional collections.
“This superb collection signals the opening of sporting arts season at Brunk Auctions,” says Andrew Brunk. “For July we have an eclectic sale with something for everyone- from big game to fishing to wing shooting, with estimates from $300 to $30,000.” Brunk also stressed his commitment to the sporting arts: “This July and each July thereafter, hunters and collectors can expect that we will offer for sale the best in sporting antiques.”