John Moran recalls Old West with Sept. 29 art, artifacts auction

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Ralph Davison Miller (1858-1945, Los Angeles), “Grand Canyon,” 1905, oil on canvas laid to waxed canvas, est.: $3,000-$5,000

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ September 29 Art of the American West auction boasts a curated selection from the West’s leading artists and artisans. From fine textiles to fine Western art, Moran’s has everything to complete a world-class collection. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Fine art from around the West is set to dazzle collectors. Olaf Weighorst features in the auction with a masterfully painted depiction of an Indian and his horse in a rocky landscape. The artwork is expected to bring $7,000-$9,000. Also, a serene view of two Indians on horseback at sunset by William Steve Seltzer is sure to appeal to collectors when it crosses the auction block with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

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Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988, El Cajon, Calif.), Indian and horse, oil on burlap laid to artist Masonite, est. $7,000-$9,000

Shown at the top of this page, a majestic view of the Grand Canyon from Ralph Davison Miller is one of Moran’s favorite paintings in the auction and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. A drypoint etching from famed Western artist Edward Borein, titled “Trail Boss,” is a wonderful example of the artist’s work and is estimated to make $1,000-$2,000.

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Late Classic Navajo child’s wearing blanket, est. $15,000-$20,000

Unique objects from across Native-American country are poised to make a splash. A beautifully woven Late Classic Navajo child’s wearing blanket from the fourth quarter of the 19th century features a field of colorful crosses and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. A masterfully executed Navajo Yei rug with seven colorful figures on a red field is estimated at $2,000-$3,000, while a wonderful Miwak/Paiute woven basket from the first quarter of the 20th century with a star motif and is expected to sell for $1,500-2,000.

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Miwak/Paiute basket, est. $1,500-$2,000

Jewelry from throughout the Southwest abounds in the auction. A delightful storyteller belt from Navajo artist Benjamin Becenti with inlaid panels featuring scenes of everyday life is sure to bring $600-900. A wonderful set of Frank Patania Sr. jewelry set with turquoise cabochons is one of the finest pieces in the auction and estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000.

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Set of Frank Patania Sr., sterling silver jewelry, est. $2,000-$3,000

Squash Blossom necklaces are always a popular choice, a fine example from artist Pablita Quam is expected to sell between $500-700. A graphic Floyd Becenti Jr. belt of “Custer’s Last Stand” is masterfully created and has great visual appeal. Estimate: $800-$1,200

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Navajo Floyd Becenti Jr., “Custer’s Last Stand” silver concho belt, est. $800-$1,200

Bid absentee or live online in John Moran’s Sept. 29 Art of the American West auction through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any lot in the auction, call 626-793-1833 or email


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