December 5, 2005
Billionaire John Kluge is placing most of the contents of his Albemarle County mansion up for auction. Among the items on the auction block are lots of furniture and a massive wheeled picnic hamper that was used on hunts at the estate.
Christie's will sell off Kluge's American and English furniture, decorative arts and other items on December 16th in New York. The 553 items taken from Morven Farm are worth about $6 million to nearly $9 million.
One of the more unconventional items is the Asprey Picnic Basket, valued at between $20,000 and $30,000. It was hauled into the woods around the estate by a horse or tractor during elaborate hunts. Stored inside were mahogany tables and chairs as well as small wicker hampers containing enough China, silver and glassware for 16 hunters.