John Moran Auctioneers’ Jewels, Luxury & Coins sale brought out the collectors on Tuesday
• Important jewels and diamonds realized the highest prices of the day
• Luxurious clothing and accessories attracted attention
• Coin collectors vied for strong examples during the sale
MONROVIA, CA – John Moran Auctioneer’s September 15th Jewels, Luxury & Coins auction was a resounding success, boasting a high sell-through rate and top prices throughout the day. Collectors in the market for vintage gems and glittering diamonds paid the top prices of the day while a strong collection of coins and vintage clothing rounded out the sale. The December 2020 Fine Jewelry & Timepieces sale is already filling up with more tempting options and is shaping up to be the biggest sale of the year.
Fabulous diamond jewels were the most sought-after pieces of the day. An incredible Art Deco Tiffany & Co. diamond and emerald bracelet was the top lot of the day, opening to a robust bidding war between two phone bidders with one winning the jewel for $40,625 (all prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.) A gorgeous 18k yellow gold necklace set with diamonds captured attention during the sale, realizing $6,250. A scintillating round brilliant-cut diamond ring weighing 3.03 cts. caused a bidding war when it hit the block, selling to a determined bidder for $28,125. A square step-cut diamond weighing 4.94 cts. stole the hearts of the bidders and realized $31,250 at the block.
Vintage clothes and accessories shone through on Tuesday with ferocious bidding online. A fabulous “Passiflores” silk blouse from Hermès was one of Moran’s favorite pieces in the sale, bringing $375. A timeless linen shirt dress from Hermès was one of the most popular lots in the section, selling to a lucky online bidder for $500. The top lot of the luxury section belonged to a stunning Sybil Connolly Irish linen evening gown. The sweet pink gown made from yards of premium Irish linen caused a bidding war when it hit the block, selling well over its high estimate for $1,000. A winsome Gucci GG Horsebit tote bag saw strong bidding when it hit the block, selling for $437.50 online.
Coins from around the world attracted strong interest online. Four 1 oz. gold South African Krugerrands brought $8,750. A South African 10 Tolas bar brought out the bidders when it hit the block, selling for $7,500 online. A Mexican 50 Pesos coin with its beautiful design realized $2,812.50. A wonderful 1881 S US Double Eagle gold coin was one of the most highly anticipated lots of the day, selling to an online bidder for $2,125.
Moran’s fall auction season will continue when Traditional Collector heads to the block with a curated selection of classic art and furnishings on September 23rd. American Indian items and fine Western art heads to the block with Art of the American West on September 27th. October will hold the ever-popular 20th Century Art + Design auction as well as Studio Fine Art and Studio Decorative Art. November will see the highly-anticipated California & American Fine Art auction as well as California Living. A Fine Jewelry & Timepieces as well as Luxury, Couture, & Accessories auction is planned just in time for the holidays in early December. Moran’s takes the health and safety of our staff and customers seriously, as such, all previews for the auction will be by appointment only and the sales will be held online without a live audience.
For upcoming highlights, online catalogues, and more information on these sales, visit Moran’s website: www.johnmoran.com. Bidding is now available online via Moran’s new mobile app Moran Mobile, available on both iOS and Android operating systems. Live bidding on a desktop is available through our website; bidding is also supported by telephone or absentee.
Consignment inquiries are always welcome.
“An incredible Art Deco Tiffany & Co. diamond and emerald bracelet was the top lot of the day.”