John Moran’s February Fine Art Sale Earns $3.4+ Million - Largest In Firm’s 39-Year History

Feb. 27, 2008

The caliber of the artists and the quality of the works on offer were consistently high throughout the four-hour sale, their value recognized by a large audience of buyers and collectors who also appreciated the excellent provenance. Over 1,100 international buyers were registered for the sale.

Other new world records were set for Helen Hamilton (1899-1970), and California artists Pedro Lemos (1882-1954) and George Spangenberg (1907-1964). Hamilton’s turbulent seascape sold for $9,775 and Lemos’s oil of the Monterey coast brought $16,100. Spangenberg’s oil of a farm in a San Diego landscape more than doubled the previous record, selling for $9,200.

John Moran’s next important auction of California and American Paintings will be held on June 24, 2008. Moran’s art sales feature California and American Impressionist oil paintings and watercolors painted before 1950. Bidding for these sales is available in person, by phone, absentee and via the Internet through

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