Our History

After years of working independently in the local art world and estate business, John Moran founded his auction company in Pasadena in 1969. Our first estate sale featured the complete contents of a prominent early California family’s residence, which had remained largely intact since the 19th century. The great success of this inaugural auction laid the foundation for the next four decades: to date, we have been entrusted with thousands of estates, large and small.

Our sale records have set benchmarks in many specialty markets, particularly in California & American Paintings. As one of America’s top auctioneers, John Moran has successfully sold tens of thousands of California and American paintings over the past forty years and ranks among the country’s most senior specialists in this field. In 2001, John Moran became the first auctioneer in the world to sell a California painting in excess of one million dollars. Moran’s intimate knowledge of this specialized genre and of its top buyers and sellers has earned us an expertise unrivaled by any competitor.

Moran’s remains a family-owned and operated company that values tradition while keeping abreast of the latest advancements in technology, marketing and online bidding. As we celebrate forty-plus years in business we look forward to the future.

Our Mission

John Moran Auctioneers is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and professional standards in the business to buyers and to sellers, trustees and executors seeking appraisal and disposition of antiques, fine art, quality furnishings and jewelry at auction.

Honesty, in words and deeds, is the foundation of our company. John Moran Auctioneers stands behind its commitments, following through on every transaction with consistent, professional service and on-time delivery.

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