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Brunk Auctions, the Southern U.S. auction house has announced the kick-off to the Fall auction season with the much-anticipated single-owner sale of the collection of William N. Banks, Jr. The auction consists of the contents of Bankshaven, the collector’s renowned historic property and architectural gem in Newnan, Ga., housing an unrivalled collection of Federal and Classical American furniture and Nineteenth Century American paintings. The 300+ lot sale will take place, both live at Brunk Auctions, Asheville, and virtually, on September 12, 2020.

William N. Banks Jr., a consummate scholar/collector, historian, preservationist, playwright, and southern gentleman, passed away last November at age 95. A regular contributor to The Magazine Antiques, Banks was considered a Renaissance man — passionate about historic art, architecture and landscape and well-known for preserving historic homes in Georgia and New Hampshire. “The collection is a testament to Mr. Banks’s highly sophisticated eye, says Andrew Brunk, President and CEO of Brunk Auctions. “He was a rare and true aesthete – a collector and connoisseur at the highest level. Brunk is honored to handle this exceptional collection.”

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Brunk Auctions has been conducting sales of fine and decorative arts for over 30 years, handling a diverse mix of fine art, antiques and design, spanning across furniture and paintings to jewelry, with an active and dynamic institutional and private following. The auction house employs a full time staff of 22 specialists, with a combined 100+ years’ experience in New York and Boston with auction houses, galleries, and major museums.

Auctions are held in Brunk’s North Carolina saleroom and are attended – via phone and internet – by bidders from around the world. Its 26,000 square-foot state-of-the-art multimedia auction gallery, evaluation center and auction venue are based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Consistent with public health directives, the collection of William Banks will be available for viewing by appointment at Brunk Auctions’ Asheville gallery at 117 Tunnel Road.

For information, 828-254-6846 or

Classical and Ebony Inlaid Parcel Gilt Rosewood Swivel Top Card Table
attributed to Duncan Phyfe, 1815-1820 Image Courtesy of Brunk Auctions

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