Variety attracted bids at John Moran’s Art of the American West sale

 Logan Maxwell Hagege, ‘Dry Air,’ $22,500


Logan Maxwell Hagege, ‘Dry Air,’ $22,500

LOS ANGELES — John Moran Auctioneers presented its Art of the American West sale on November 16. This auction, which consisted of more than 300 lots, featured numerous collections, including property from the estates of George David Sturges and Melinda Wayne Munoz alongside estate property from Utah, Arizona and California. Leading the sale were works by Logan Maxwell Hagege and a New West Furniture Co. Molesworth-Style sofa from the Gregory Sierra collection.

The Logan Maxwell Hagege work Dry Air, from 2012, achieved the highest result of the sale at a whopping $22,500. Hagege is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist with a modern western style. His paintings are known to depart from strict realism and his vision reflects a blend of nature and imagination.

New West Furniture Co. Molesworth-style sofa, $18,750

New West Furniture Co. Molesworth-style sofa, $18,750

This sale offered a selection of furniture that included some Molesworth-style pieces. A New West Furniture Co. Molesworth-style sofa was the standout, bringing in $18,750. The original Molesworth line was created by the western designer Thomas Molesworth, but since its last production in 1961, furniture makers have continued the iconic style.

Bass drum from Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Band, $12,500

Bass drum from Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Band, $12,500

An item that sparked a surprising amount of interest was a bass drum from Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Band. Gordon William Lillie, known professionally as Pawnee Bill, was an American showman and performer who specialized in Wild West shows. In 1888, Lillie and his wife launched their own Wild West show, which they called Pawnee Bill’s Historic Wild West. After their first season was a financial disaster, they reorganized as a smaller operation called Pawnee Bill’s Historical Wild West Indian Museum and Encampment Show, which succeeded. Between online and phone bids, the drum brought $12,500.

David Manuel, ‘John Wayne, Hondo, Lane, and Sam,’ $10,625

David Manuel, ‘John Wayne, Hondo, Lane, and Sam,’ $10,625

Of the more than 15 bronze works in this sale, a David Manuel sculpture proved to be the favorite. John Wayne, Hondo, Lane, and Sam from 1986 achieved $10,625. David Manuel is an American sculptor known for creating works that tackle issues related to American expansionism and what has been called the “American Empire” through renderings of Native Americans and pioneers traveling the American frontier. During the course of his career, the artist has been commissioned by the government to create a number of public works, including a series of statues of John Wayne.

Fred Machetanz, ‘Monarch of the Arctic,’ $7,500

Fred Machetanz, ‘Monarch of the Arctic,’ $7,500

Another noteworthy example of fine art was Monarch of the Arctic, a 1956 work by the Alaskan painter and illustrator Fred Machetanz. Machetanz specialized in depictions of Alaskan scenes, often portraying people and wildlife. This stunning painting of a polar bear reached a final value of $7,500.

 

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/