JOHN MORAN’S JUNE 2007 CALIFORNIA AND AMERICAN PAINTINGS SALE POISED TO TOPPLE WORLD RECORDS — AGAIN asadena, CA – On February 20th, 2007, John Moran Auctioneers drew the attention the art world by setting 14 new world records at their California and American paintings sale— which also was the highes
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JOHN MORAN’S JUNE 2007 CALIFORNIA AND AMERICAN PAINTINGS SALE POISED TO TOPPLE WORLD RECORDS — AGAIN!
Pasadena, CA – On February 20th, 2007, John Moran Auctioneers drew the attention the art world by setting 14 new world records at their California and American paintings sale— which also was the highest grossing sale in the company’s 37 year history. The spectacular success of the February event, which realized over $3.5 million on just 198 lots, will be difficult to top but indications are strong that their upcoming June 19th sale will do just that. John Moran Auctioneers, renowned for their tri-annual sales of pre-1950 California and American Impressionist oil paintings and watercolors, is the leader in this category of art, drawing bidders from around the globe. The June 19th sale will feature 216 lots, many never before offered. Bidding is available in person, by phone, absentee and via the Internet through eBay Live Auctions/Live Auctioneers.
Works to be offered represent the highest caliber of California artists, including Guy Rose, Granville Redmond, Hanson Puthuff, and Phil Dike. If the success of the February 20th auction repeats itself, an early indication will be the progress of Lot #20, “Small Fry-Newport Harbor”by Joe Duncan Gleason (California 1881-1959). Gleason’s “Avalon (Catalina Harbor)” electrified the saleroom in February when it sold for a record setting $161,000 against its pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. The charming “Small-Fry- Newport Harbor” will come to the block in June with the same estimate of $25,000 to $35,000, and will be watched with great interest.
Lot #61 is a beautiful oil on canvas by Granville Redmond (California 1871 - 1935), entitled “Eucalyptus at Eventide” and estimated to bring $150,000 to $200,000. Offered immediately following is an oil depicting peonies and butterflies by Paul De Longpre (California 1855-1911), which could likely set a new record. It is estimated to bring $20,000 to $30,000. A similar work by De Longpre holds the record of $31,000, realized in April 2006. Moran currently holds the third highest price realized for the artist, achieved when they sold “Roses with Bumblebees” for $28,800 at their October 2005 art sale.
Guy Rose is represented by a work entitled “Rising Mists,” estimated at $250,000 to $350,000. John Moran Auctioneers holds the second highest auction price for this artist, realized when they sold “Early Morning Summertime” for $1.2 million in June 2001.
The sale boasts three works by Phil Dike (California 1906 - 1990), including two important oils. Lot #75 is an oil on canvas entitled “Low Tide (entrance to harbor).” Moran set a world record for this artist with a similar work when “Entrance to Harbor,” estimated pre-sale at $30,000 to $50,000, realized $104,000. “Low Tide” comes to the block with an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.