Presenting the Inaugural HQ Auction, Featuring Fine Jewelry, at John Moran Auctioneers Headquarters
• HQ Jewelry Preview, Reception and Auction to be held at John Moran Auctioneers Headquarters in Altadena, CA
• Over 300 quality lots of jewelry, coins, timepieces, and luxury items to be offered to the public
Altadena, CA - John Moran Auctioneers is delighted to ring in the holidays with their inaugural Headquarters Auction, a sale of fine jewelry, watches, coins and luxury accessories scheduled for December 6, 2012. Moran’s Headquarters, or HQ Auctions, are the Southern California house’s new series of sale events, to be held at their facility in Altadena rather than at their customary venue, the Pasadena Convention Center. While Moran’s regular auctions at the Center will continue on their regular schedule, the HQ auctions will be a more intimate affair as the family-owned company warmly welcomes bidders at their legendary home base. Moran’s will launch the event in the festive spirit of the season with a holiday gala and preview on Wednesday, December 5th, followed by an extended preview and the auction sale on Thursday, December 6th. As always, the events will be open to the public and free to attend.
Over three hundred items will be offered, each and every one culled from private collections and estates across Southern California and beyond. Seasoned buyers and casual shoppers alike will find a wide range of price points suiting every budget, from the practical to the extravagant, just in time for holiday gift-giving. Those familiar with previous John Moran Jewelry auctions will be pleased to note that every single lot in the sale will be photographed, catalogued, posted online, and available for bidding online, via telephone, and absentee in addition to floor bidding.
The preview on Wednesday the 5th will begin at noon, and continue into the evening. At 6 p.m., the event will transition into a casual pre-auction holiday party, featuring a wine bar and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Kitchen for Exploring Foods. The public is encouraged to explore John Moran’s headquarters, meet the staff, and continue previewing the lots available in the upcoming sale. A raffle that evening will give attendees the opportunity to go home with an Apple iPad Mini, among other prizes. An RSVP is kindly requested for those who wish to attend the holiday gathering.
Previews will resume on Thursday the 6th at noon, and the HQ auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Select highlights include:
• An Art Deco star ruby and diamond brooch, set in platinum. Featuring a central high dome cabochon star ruby weighing approximately 5.90 carats, eight baguette rubies, and over 100 single and round-cut diamonds, this brooch should add a fair amount of sparkle to someone’s stocking this winter (estimate: $3500 to $4500).
• A simply breathtaking antique (circa 1830 – 1840) rose-cut diamond and silver-topped gold necklace (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000), from The Estate of a Lady.
• A fabulous Edwardian twin diamond necklace set in platinum, designed with two old European-cut diamonds, each over 2.50 carats, as well as 32 full-cut round diamonds totaling .50 carats (estimate: $25,000 to $35,000).
Always a crowd favorite, whimsical pieces will make a great showing at the HQ Auction. A fantastic jadeite and gold dragon motif bangle by Arthur & Bond of Yokohama promises to be an outstanding pleaser. Approachably estimated at $1500 to $2000, it comes from a local Southern California Estate, and has been in the family for generations. A playful roulette wheel charm bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels is also offered with an estimate of $2500 to $3000. Finally, a number of ever-popular Judith Leiber 3D purses and accessories set overall with rhinestones promise to bring even more sparkle to the season.
The second half of the sale features, among many fantastic buys, an Art Nouveau necklace by Krementz featuring a seed pearl, enamel and gem center (estimate: $400 to $600). Buyers should also look for conservatively estimated items of all types, including a plethora of gold coin jewelry pieces, gold and silver coins, costume jewelry, Hermès scarves, Vuitton luggage, designer handbags, and much more.
John Moran Auctioneers looks forward to hosting many similar HQ events in the future – check for announcements of future sale dates and events at www.JohnMoran.com.
To RSVP for the holiday gathering on Wednesday, December 5th, call 626-793-1833, or email
The full sale catalog for both sessions will be posted approximately three weeks prior to the auction, and bidding is always available from the floor and via absentee, telephone, or online through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
Consignments are accepted throughout the year for Moran’s Antiques and Decorative Arts Auctions, held seven – eight times a year, their tri-annual jewelry sales, and for their European and American Fine Art Auction, held bi-annually. Please contact Moran’s offices at 626-793-1833 or
for more information about this sale or any of their other upcoming events.