Moran’s California & American Fine Art auction achieved high prices throughout the sale

• Scenes of California drew some of the highest prices of the day
• Dramatic deserts and majestic mountains were some of the hottest subjects of the day

MONROVIA, CA – Moran’s Fall California & American Fine Art achieved strong results with a well-curated selection of art. From the California coast to the cliffs of the grand canyon, inspiring vistas from across the country made a splash. Moran’s Spring California & American Fine Art auction is currently accepting quality consignments. Contact fineart@johnmoran.com for consignment opportunities.

 

Lot 52: Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972, Rockport, MA)

Lot 52: Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972, Rockport, MA) "Open Brook," Oil on canvas laid to board, price realized: $4,062

Scenes from around California continue to inspire strong prices from collectors. The top lot of the day was a serene Granville Redmond landscape with poppies and lupine against a backdrop of eucalyptus and rolling hills. The quintessential California vista unsurprising caused a bidding war when it hit the block with one lucky phone bidder winning the prize for $100,000 (all prices realized includes Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium). The Surging Sea from Anna A. Hills of the rocky coastline around Laguna Beach caused a bidding war which brought the painting to $9,375. A springtime view of an emerald green hill in San Juan Capistrano captured the attention of painter Edgar Alwin Payne as well as the buyer, soaring above the high estimate to bring $46,875. An evocative dirt road along the titular 17 mile road – Monterrey, California from Manuel Valencia brought $11,250.

Dramatic landscapes from mountains to deserts were some of the most coveted works of the day. The stunning Mountain Landscape from famed painter Birger Sandzén was one of the most popular works heading into the auction and brought $62,500 after a protracted bidding war. A snowy mountain landscape cut by an icy stream is a triumph from painter Aldro Thompson Hibbard and went home with one lucky buyer for $4,062. A shady eucalyptus tree provides relief from the dry desert heat in Anna A. Hills’ wonderful work that sold over the high estimate for $7,500. A peaceful view of the Grand Canyon was the inspiration for The Place…Sipap from Curt Walters which brought $10,000 at the block.

Moran’s fall auction season will continue with Fine Jewelry & Timepieces together with Studio Jewelry as well as Traditional Collector are slated to warm up December. The winter auction season begins in January with the Studio auctions and continues to February with Made in Mexico, featuring works from Mexico’s top artists and artisans. 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.

“Scenes from around California continue to inspire strong prices from collectors.”
Lot 3: 175_6.jpg: Anna A. Hills (1882-1930, Laguna Beach, CA) Under The Eucalyptus, Oil on board, price realized: $7,500

Lot 3: 175_6.jpg: Anna A. Hills (1882-1930, Laguna Beach, CA) Under The Eucalyptus, Oil on board, price realized: $7,500

Lovers of colored gemstones will find plenty of tempting options at the auction. A breathtaking Art Deco sapphire and diamond pendant is sure to appeal to collectors at the sale, estimate is available upon request. Call on your inner Princess Diana or Kate Middleton with an evocative Tiffany & Co. sapphire and diamond ring estimated to bring $6,000-8,000. For those who prefer a ruby version of the classic ring, a Tiffany & Co. bauble is the perfect option at $6,000-8,000. A gorgeous peridot that can be worn either as a pendant or ring would make a splendid addition to any collection and is sure to bring $5,000-7,000.

In addition to Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, Studio Jewelry auction is slated to bring more treasures to the block on Monday, December 14th. A pair of Italian South Sea cultured pearl snowman earrings are the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season and are sure to bring some cheer at $600-800. A delightful Tiffany & Co. umbrella brooch may not protect you from the winter weather, but it will add a little sunshine to any outfit and is expected to sell between $400-600. Moran’s is fortunate to include an exciting array of Indian jewelry in the auction, chief among them is an Indian diamond and emerald necklace sure to bring $2,000-3,000 at the block.

Moran’s fall auction season will continue with Traditional Collector slated for Wednesday, December 17th. 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.

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