MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s 20th Century Art + Design auction achieved strong prices for works by notable artists and designers. Robust online bidding coupled with avid telephone bidders kept prices high throughout the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
Fine art and prints from the 20th century’s leading practitioners realized high prices at the auction. A fresh-to-market painting by Fauvist artist Maurice de Vlaminck sparked a bidding war when it hit the auction block, realizing $43,750 (above). All prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.
A Theo Tobiasse painting in a custom Karl Wissing frame caused a stir before the auction, selling to a determined online bidder for $4,687. An ethereal Tony DeLapp sculpture of a floating chair touched down at $8,750. A vibrant Joan Miró Delire du Couturier Jaune lithograph soared past its high estimate to bring $8,125 (below).
A Le Chevalet aux Fleurs lithograph from Marc Chagall brought $11,875 after two online bidders battled for the prize.
Décor and jewelry from the 20th century were among the most popular lots heading into the sale. A monochromatic “Faun’s Head” earthenware plaque from Pablo Picasso caused a stir when it hit the block, selling for $4,375 (below).
A freeform sculpture from famed Los Angeles artist Sascha Brastoff was purchased from the artist’s own estate and sold to a determined online buyer for $4,375. Moran’s had the pleasure to bring one of the finest Beatrice Wood vases we have handled to the block, a collector took home the masterwork for $11,875.
Several works from Harrison McIntosh were consigned in the sale, chief among them was an impressive egg sculpture which brought $3,125. Silversmith Margaret de Patta featured in the sale with a space-age brooch that sold for $1,875.
High-quality furniture from the leading designers of the 20th century could be found in the auction. A wonderful teak rocking chair with ebony detailing from Sam Maloof sold for $21,250. A walnut dining table also by Sam Maloof is a masterclass in clean lines and elegant proportion and unsurprisingly brought $9,375.
Two lounge chairs from Danish designer Poul Kjærholm were among the most watched lots heading into the auction, selling after a fierce online bidding war for $3,750.
Two unusual Mario Bellini leather “413 Cab” chairs will make a fantastic addition to the buyer’s collection, selling for $1,750.
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