Los Angeles, CA — When we think of summer, we think of fun, spending time with friends and family, and the most opportune time to redesign our living space. Don’t know where to begin? On July 19, 2022, come to John Moran Auctioneers’ ReDesigned auction at noon PST. This sale will offer exceptional statement pieces of fine art, decorative art, and furniture that will refurnish your house, re-spruce your room, or just refresh your home.

Ampeg Dan Armstrong lucite electric guitar in a case $2,000-$3,000 

Ampeg Dan Armstrong lucite electric guitar in a case $2,000-$3,000  

Whether it’s jamming out or simply wanting a punk rock aesthetic, musicians and music enthusiasts will love the two electric guitars! One is a 1961 Gibson Les Paul Jr. 6 string guitar in red, and another is an Ampeg Dan Armstrong lucite electric guitar, with blue case estimated at $2,000-3,000.

For fine art, a standout work is, Thobbing Hearts (Small), from the influential contemporary American artist, Ross Bleckner. Bleckner is best known for his work relating to loss and memory. He is quoted as saying, “Life is short. Life goes fast. And what I really want to do in my life is bring something new, something beautiful and something filled with light into the world.” Bleckner most notably uses recurring symbolic imagery, like doves and flowers, but altered with a blurred, glowing sense of light. His work was first exhibited in 1979, and can still be seen in museums such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This Bleckner beauty has an estimate of $800-1,200.

Turning the focus away from fine art and into decorative art, Moran’s is pleased to offer a Benjamin Moore piece, Palla Series. Created in 1988, this red and black bowl is just one of the many works from the artist often referred to as, “one of the most influential American glassblowers of the 20th century.” Moore (b. 1952) just passed away in 2021, and curator and critic Tina Oldknow had this to say about him, “Benny’s absence will be keenly felt far and wide across the international glass network that he helped to establish, and he will be deeply mourned by his many friends and admirers who cherished him equally as a talented artist and as a beautiful person.” Palla Series has an estimate of $800-1,200.

“Ross Bleckner is best known for his work relating to loss and memory. He is quoted as saying, “Life is short. Life goes fast. And what I really want to do in my life is bring something new, something beautiful and something filled with light into the world.””
Ross Bleckner, (b. 1949, American), Throbbing Hearts (Small) $800-$1,200

Ross Bleckner, (b. 1949, American), Throbbing Hearts (Small) $800-$1,200

Along with glass, we will be offering numerous decorative pieces in wood, including designs by Sean Finocchio and J. Paul Fennel. One J. Paul Fennel work is a dyed mesquite basket from 2001. Since 1970, Fennell (b. 1938) has been a woodturner, but it wasn’t until the early 90s that he focused on creating with hollow forms. His work is known nationally and internationally, and resides in private collections as well as several museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. This Mesquite wood marvel will be on sale with an estimate of $800-1,200.

For those that really love summer, bring the beachy vibe inside. This auction will feature an articulated bronze model of a crab, two glass jellyfish sculptures… and a shark! “Hammerhead Shark,” was created in 1998 by Todd Michael Guevara, and has an estimate of $600-800. Guevara (aka: The Fish Man) is an American artist who captures the realism of sharks in fiberglass and finishes his sculptures with exceptional paint work (like the kind seen on motorcycles and hotrods).

Looking to revamp your driveway? Picture yourself revving up a 1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SL. This magnificent motorcar has automatic transmission, electronic fuel injection, a 4.5L V8 engine, original wheels, and 97,100 miles. It will be offered in its original Lapis Blue exterior and Camel Brown interior, with leather seats and fine wool carpeting. Perfect to drive on a beautiful sunny day with the top down, or switch gears by attaching the hard top or soft top for a ride anytime. This model, with an estimate of $12,000-18,000, was one of the few made in 1980 and demonstrates a level of detail and hand assembled craftsmanship that is no longer used today.

Our ReDesigned sale presents even more rich colors, beautiful textures, and impressive design elements that can be seen in the woven art, such as those of Bettye Sullivan; an art glass collection; mid-century furnishings, including Eames “Time Life” chairs; Brutalist sculptures by Joan Carl; a variety of lighting by the way of chandeliers, floor and table lamps both vintage and contemporary; rugs, some from Ben Soleimani and Helen Amy Murry; and a stunning Folk Art collection, including a unique selection of vintage weathervanes. There will also be a wide array of wearable art in the form of jewelry to add a bit of bling to the block.

—Brenda Smith, John Moran Auctioneers

Upcoming Auctions

As we head into the second half of 2022, John Moran Auctioneers continues their summer lineup with the Art of the America West online-only auction on Tuesday, July 26th, followed by the Made in Mexico sale, Tuesday, August 23rd. Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming auctions so you don’t miss out on the action, and the treasures!

Art of the American West: ONLINE Tuesday, July 26th | 10:00 am PST
Made in Mexico: Tuesday, August 23rd | 12:00 pm PST
Summer Modern & Contemporary Fine Art: Tues, Aug 30th |12:00 pm PST
Fine Jewelry: Tuesday, September 13th | 10:00 am PST

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.

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