Ansel Adam’s ‘Moonrise’ to light up Clars sale March 22

Ansel Adam’s ‘Moonrise’

This most famous photograph by legendary photographer Ansel Adams titled ‘Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico’ will be offered for $30,000-$50,000. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery will present the most famous and iconic photograph by legendary photographer Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) titled Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. This black-and-white photograph features the moonlit homes and cemetery of a quiet community. Perhaps the most eye-catching element of the photograph, however, is the stark contrast between the glowing moon and darkened sky—a striking visual that Adams himself was obsessed with obtaining. On Sunday, March 22, Clars will present Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, the signed gelatin silver print (image) measuring 15½ inches high by 19¼ inches wide. This iconic work will be offered for $30,000-$50,000. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

According to a video by the Ansel Adams Gallery, the photographer snapped this now-famous scene (above) as he, his son, and his assistant were en route to Santa Fe from an assignment in Northern New Mexico in 1941. As they approached the Hernandez village, a mesmerizing scene unfolded before their eyes: “The moon was about two days before full and the buildings and crosses were illuminated by a gentle, diffused sunlight coming through the clouds of a clearing storm.” After numerous attempts to develop the negative to bring out the stark tones, he finally achieved what he considered perfection, a photograph equal to his original visit. Only 1,300 prints of his most beloved work were ever produced.

The acrylic on canvas titled In Focus, 1968, by Gordon Onslow Ford (American/British, 1912-2003), is another impressive work to be offered at this sale. Renowned as one of the Paris Surrealist painters, this signed and dated work will be offered for $20,000-$40,000 (below).

Ansel Adam’s ‘Moonrise’

This acrylic on canvas titled ‘In Focus,’ 1968, by Gordon Onslow Ford (American/British, 1912-2003), will be offered for $20,000-$40,000. Clars image

Another important work to be offered comes from one of the founders of the Op Art Movement, Richard, Anuszkiewicz (American, b. 1930). Untitled (OP ART), 1964, is a signed and dated oil on burlap on panel that will be offered for $8,000-$12,000.

Ansel Adam’s ‘Moonrise’

From one of the founders of the Op Art movement, Richard, Anuszkiewicz, is this signed and dated oil on burlap on panel, Untitled, that will be offered for $8,000-$12,000. Clars image

From landscape artist Joseph Yoakum (American, 1886-1972) will be Lake Okachobia (Okeechobee) in Everglades South East Florida, circa 1968. This signed and dated color pencil and ink on paper carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Rounding out the impressive fine art highlights will be the screenprint and lithograph by painter, sculptor, poet and musician Larry Rivers (American, 1923-2002). Renowned for creating large works that merge abstract and narrative elements, Rainbow Rembrandt, 1982, is a perfect example of his artistic form and will be offered for $8,000-$12,000.

The Asian art and antiques category will also present several important pieces. The first is a Chinese gilt copper alloy figure of Green Tara seated on a lotus flower base which will be offered for $12,000-$15,000. [PHOTO 5]

Ansel Adam’s ‘Moonrise’

This Chinese gilt copper alloy figure of Green Tara seated on a lotus flower base will be offered for $12,000-$15,000. Clars image

A stunning large multi-depth carved Chinese white jade boulder is another highlight. Depicting figures, trees and pavilions on a carved wood stand, this piece is estimated to achieve $8,000-$12,000.

Clars will offer a large and fine selection of jewelry and timepieces, including several pieces of gorgeous aquamarine jewelry to celebrate March’s birthstone. There are two exceptional aquamarine and diamond rings, one with a 16.50 carat stone, the other with a 12.60 carat stone. Also to be offered is a delicate aquamarine, cultured pearl, diamond, platinum-topped, 14K yellow gold pendant.

The strong section of gold jewelry will include multiple 14K and 18K necklaces, bracelets and rings. A fabulous Chimento sapphire, diamond and 18K white and yellow gold cuff bracelet designed with two stylized confronting hands holding hearts as well as a 14K yellow gold bracelet with oversized scalloped links accented with diamonds will be offered as well as a stunning diamond, ruby and 18K yellow gold ram’s-head collar. In addition, a natural fancy 18K white gold diamond ring featuring a heart-brilliant cut diamond (3.37 carats) will be presented with an estimate of $6,000-$9,000 (below).

Ansel Adam’s ‘Moonrise’

This diamond and 18K white gold ring featuring a heart-shape brilliant-cut diamond of natural fancy deep brownish-orange (3.37 carats) will be presented with an estimate of $6,000-$9,000. Clars image

Also to be offered will be a large collection of gold coin, diamond and multi-stone jewelry featuring coins from U.S., England, Mexico and China.

Clars will offer an extensive collection of important watches and pocket watches by makers such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Panerai, Omega and Piaget. Highlights include a Rolex 18K yellow gold DateJust wristwatch, Ref: 16238; a Patek Philippe Calatrava, 18K yellow gold wristwatch, Ref: 3445; a Panerai stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: PAM00111; and a Piaget round Polo, 18K yellow gold wristwatch.

Due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus health crisis, no public preview will be held for this sale. Private previews are available on a limited basis by appointment. No floor bidding will be held.

For details contact Clars at (888) 339-7600 or