Prices for California & American Fine Art Gain Momentum at John Moran Auctioneers’ April 23rd Auctio • Over 200 quality, fresh-to-the-market oils, watercolors, prints and sculptures by noted artists offered
• Prices soar for works in the $1000 – $20,000 range
was published. While originally estimated to bring $1,000 -$2,000, this painting went to an absentee bidder for $4,200.
Select works by New York artists also brought excellent prices. Ukrainian-born Simka Simkhovitch’s work “The Ringmaster”, dated 1929, five years after the artist’s immigration to the United States, is an interesting example of his thoughtful composition and the ethereal palette he favored after his arrival in this country. The estimate of $4,000 - $6,000 was handily outstripped within a few short seconds, the selling price landing at $11,637.50. Max Arthur Cohn’s charming “New York Street Scene” quietly gained attention prior to the sale date, shooting to a selling price of $4,500 after intense competition between phone bidders (estimate: $2,000 to $3,000). A striking terracotta sculpture of the head of a young African American woman by celebrated Harlem Renaissance artist William Ellsworth Artis was originally expected to bring $15,000 - $25,000 at the block, but sold for $33,000, another world auction record for Moran’s.
Additional highlights include:
• The frenzied “Moulin Rouge”, a 1924 watercolor by Frans Masereel, found a European buyer at $23,275 after a well-fought battle between phone, internet, and multiple absentee bidders (estimate: $1,500 - $2,500)
• A large, unframed oil of Taos Canyon in winter by Ernest Leonard Blumenschein exceeded expectations with a final price tag of $12,000, above the estimate of $6,000 - $8,000.
• Stephen Seymour Thomas’s charming composition, “The Old Dove Cote”, featuring a figure before a ramshackle dovecote in a verdant, newly sprouted spring landscape was estimated to bring $2,500 - $3,500, but bidding did not top out until $7,200.
• “Camilla”, by Pal Fried, is a playful example of the artist’s figural works portraying beautiful young women and earned $8,575 at the block, more than twice the high estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.
John Moran’s next auction is their May 21st, 2013 HQ Fine Jewelry and Luxury Auction, to be held at John Moran Auctioneers’ Headquarters in Altadena, CA. Nearly 300 lots of fine jewelry and luxury items from private collections and estates will be offered. The full catalogue can be seen by viewed by visiting www.JohnMoran.com. Bidding in all John Moran Auctioneers’ sales is available in person, by absentee, telephone, and online through LiveAuctioneers.com, AuctionZip.com, and Invaluable.com.
Consignment inquiries are always welcome – interested parties are encouraged to contact John Moran Auctioneers directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 793-1833. John Moran Auctioneers is currently seeking items for their July 30th Antiques Auction and the October 22nd California and American Fine Art Auction.