A Famous Painting Of Whisky Sold For Over $1.2 Million Recently
A rare 1930s painting by Winston Churchill, “Jugs and Bottles,” recently sold for £ 983,000 ($ 1,294,120) following a bidding war. This makes it one of the top prices paid for a painting by Churchill at auction.
The painting brings together the former prime minister’s greatest pastimes: painting and enjoying alcoholic beverages.
It was donated to Averell Harriman by Churchill and first appeared at auction in 1997. The pre-sale estimate of the painting was £ 150,000 – £ 250,000 – making its last sale almost five times that estimate.
Churchill was found to be a scotch drinker from Johnnie Walker, depicted in this painting alongside what viewers think is brandy. Next to them are glasses and jugs on a silver tray.
These objects show what life was like at Chartwell, Churchill’s Kent home, where he often brought staff over to lunch to discuss business, politics and current affairs. Churchill gave this painting to Averell Harriman, a railroad heir who was involved in politics. It served as a special messenger for Europe under Roosevelt in the 1940s when he had several meetings with Churchill. He was later appointed ambassador to the Soviet Union in October 1943.
This painting was auctioned off at Sotheby’s online auction of British Modern and Post-War Art in mid-November. Regarding whiskey and his love for it, the auction house noted, “Churchill got his first taste of whiskey while serving in India in the 1890s, where he was stationed at Nowshera awaiting action against Afghan tribesmen on the northwest border: ‘that water was not potable. To make it tasty we had to add whiskey. Through diligent effort, I’ve learned to like it. ‘”