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Model ship sails to $50K at Moran’s Traditional Collector sale

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A silvered and gilt model of the American paddle steamer Harlan. Price realized: $50,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s final Traditional Collector auction of the year realized strong prices on a variety of décor, silver and fine art. Buyers clamored for gorgeous pieces from around the globe with classic designs taking center stage. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Furniture and décor from quality makers brought some of the highest prices of the day. The honor of top lot went to an incredibly detailed model of a paddle ship, with working wheels and musical feature, which sparked a bidding war when it hit the block, sailing off with a determined phone bidder for $50,000 (above).

A beautifully made marquetry vitrine with skillfully painted panels and velvet lining was a hit with the auction audience and was snatched up by an online bidder for $6,875 (below). A finely modeled clock depicting the birth of Venus was one of the most spectacular clocks Moran’s had in the sale, it brought $3,750 to a lucky online bidder.

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A French marquetry vitrine. Price realized: $6,875. Moran’s image

Silver from Buccellati shone brightly in the auction, with several fine examples fetching high prices. A wonderfully modeled octopus centerpiece from the famed Italian maker caused a stir when it hit the block, realizing $10,000 after two phone bidders battled for the prize.

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A Buccellati sterling silver octopus centerpiece. Price realized: $10,000. Moran’s image

A cased set of dominos, sure to add pizazz to any game, sold to a lucky online bidder for $2,812. A gorgeous centerpiece made to resemble three falling leaves was one of Moran’s favorite pieces in the auction and realized $5,625. An ‘Empire’ lidded ice bucket brought a cool $9,375 after a short bidding war.

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A Buccellati sterling silver three-leaf centerpiece, price realized. Price realized: $5,625. Moran’s image

Fine art from around the world gained attention during the auction. A portrait of Anne Henriette of France with her violoncello in the style of Jean-Marc Nattier soared past its high estimate to bring $8,125. A serene sculpture of a peasant woman and her baby sold to a contented phone bidder for $3,000.

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In the style of Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766, French), ‘Portrait of Anne Henriette of France Playing the Violoncello,’ (1727-1752), oil on canvas. Price realized: $8,125. Moran’s image

A terra-cotta bust after La Belle Florentine was one of the most popular lots leading into the auction. To no one’s surprise, it brought $1,625 after a short bidding war. A Spanish Colonial painting of Saint Mark the Evangelist brought $3,125.

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An antique Italian terra-cotta bust after La Belle Florentine. Price realized: $1,625. Moran’s image

A large Persian rug with an unusual cool-toned color palette brought out the collectors, selling for $8,125.

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