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Moran cites increased bidding in Traditional Collector sale

A 1935 Ford V-8 Deluxe Phaeton sold for $40,625. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s first Traditional Collector auction of the year realized strong prices for rare and wonderful examples of art and design across categories. Top-quality furnishings, décor, sculpture, and rugs commanded attention and brought high prices at the sale May 3. Moran’s transition to online sales has not only been smooth but has shown a marked increase in participation, boding well for the future of the market. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

American craftsmanship was on full display with exciting selections in the auction. A faithfully restored 1935 Ford Phaeton (above), consigned from its longtime Southern California owner, brought $40,625 (all prices realized include Moran’s buyer’s premium). A gorgeous Steinway Model M grand piano struck a chord with buyers, one of whom paid $6,875 for the instrument. A fine ship portrait skillfully depicted in rough seas brought $4,375 (below).

American sailing ship in rough seas, 19th century American School, oil on canvas. Price realized: $4,375. Moran’s image

Fine décor and sculpture from around the globe realized strong prices throughout the day. The honor of top lot went to a stunning Chinese automaton table clock. Considerable interest before the sale led to a bidding war, pushing the clock past its $25,000-$35,000 estimate to bring $62,500.

A Chinese mechanical/automaton table clock. Price realized: $62,500. Moran’s image

A finely carved Italian marble statue will make a great addition to the buyer’s home, bringing $11,875. A beautifully modeled sculpture of a veiled woman by famed artist Jean Leon Gerome brought $34,375.

Jean Leon Gerome (1824-1904 French), ‘La Femme Au Voile,’ gilt and polychrome-patinated bronze. Price realized: $34,375. Moran’s image

A silk Qum rug with a finely woven field caused a bidding war when it hit the block, ultimately selling for $5,625.

A silk Qum rug, 9ft 7in x 6ft 6in. Price realized: $5,625. Moran’s image

A neo-classical side table with unusual marble specimen top sold to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $6,875.

A Continental Neo-classical gilt bronze table. Price realized: $6,875. Moran’s image

Top-quality furnishings found a ready buyer at the auction. A wonderfully made French marquetry cabinet with its crisp gilt-bronze mounts sold for $10,625.

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