Stephen Swan

"If I don't have red, I use blue."

~ Pablo Picasso



Stephen Swan has been in the auction industry since 2001. In 2017, Stephen joined John Moran Auctioneers as Business Director where he oversees both the long-term strategic forecasting and day-to-day operations of the company and sale day auctioneer.

His skills as a contract negotiator and auctioneer are invaluable to the Moran team.  With his photography education and experience in the catalogue production, Stephen has become a valued member of the production and design team at Moran’s. Having been involved in the auction industry for many years and having held many positions he brings a high level of understanding to the work he asks of others.

Stephen worked for Bonhams in numerous capacities over the years. As an auctioneer has helped to coordinate and presided as auctioneer over numerous charity and benefit auctions, including APLA Health’s Annual Art Project Los Angeles charity auction and the Los Angeles Art Association’s annual benefit auction. This desire to further worthwhile causes through auction is also tied to a steadfast belief that bidding at auction should be a fun, approachable experience; Stephen often says that “bidding at auction is on everybody’s bucket list, they just don’t know it yet.”

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. His extracurricular activities generally include a mixture of cycling, photography, spending time with his family, and attempting to curate the perfect playlist to soundtrack all of life’s moments.


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