Pretty Pieces, Big Names Bring Hearty Prices at John Moran’s August 28th Fine Jewelry Auction • Stunning jewelry lots from private collections make big impression on Moran’s buyers
• Luxury items, statement pieces bring out the bids
• Rising price of gold reflected in competitive sales price
showing. One, an Asprey gold and diamond evening clutch woven of 18k bi-color gold (overall, nearly 400 grams total- minus the weight of a small interior mirror), was estimated to sell between $5000 and $7000, but bidders on the floor drove the price up to $16,800. A few lots later, a rectangular-cut diamond and platinum ring, mounted with a rectangular-cut diamond weighing 3.23 carats (of G color and VS2 clarity), surrounded by ten single-cut diamond accents, was snapped up by a floor bidder who outstripped prospective absentee and telephone bidders alike. The buyer landed the ring for $33,600 (estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).
Luxury pieces and designer names are always welcomed with opened arms and competitive bids at John Moran Auctions. In the category of decorative arts, a Cartier ‘Maison de l’Art Deco’ porcelain service for six, estimated at $2500 to $3500, found a new home for $5100. Two Louis Vuitton hard case suitcases in the signature monogram canvas were offered up and estimated to sell for $1000 to $2000 each – both handily outstripped their estimates and sold for $2,700 and $3,300, respectively (PHOTO 5). One of the final lots in the sale, an Hermes ‘Avalon’ wool and cashmere blanket in currently hot hues of coral and pink, promises to keep the new owner warm as well as stylish this fall – it brought $1,100 at the block (original estimate :$400 to $600).
John Moran Auctioneers’ next Fine Jewelry Auction is set for December 11th, 2012. Featuring a number of fabulous pieces from private collections, those in search of diamonds and quality craftsmanship will be far from disappointed. John Moran’s next auction is the bi-annual, two-session Fine Art Auction, scheduled for October 16, 2012. Nearly 300 lots of important California, American, European and Modern works of art will be offered. Select highlights and full catalog listings for these and all upcoming and past sales can be found by visiting www.JohnMoran.com. Bidding in all auctions is available via telephone or absentee, on the floor, or online through Invaluable, Artfact, and LiveAuctioneers.
John Moran is always accepting quality consignments for all future sales – for more information and complimentary auction valuations, contact the offices directly at: 626-793-1833, or via email at: info@JohnMoran.com.