John Moran’s Sets Major New World Record For Artist Anton Robert Leinweber

Mar. 30, 2008

The high-grossing results of March 25th were fueled in great part by the high-end jewelry and fine furnishings that were offered. But the most astonishing event of the evening was an unexpected major world record for artist Anton Robert Leinweber (Czech Republic 1845-1921). John Moran is no stranger to setting world records for fine art—they routinely do so at their tri-annual sales of California and American paintings. But setting such a major world record at one of their antiques auctions, and for a European artist, was definitely a departure from their norm.

President and auctioneer John Moran, with an absentee bid in place, opened the bidding at the low estimate of $15,000. Up and up the increments kept climbing until Moran finally announced “SOLD” and dropped the hammer at $170,000 ($195,500 with 15% buyer’s premium). Yes indeed, a new world record had solidly been set for Anton Robert Leinweber. While the room broke into applause, there was a look of bewilderment on most faces, particularly on the face of John Moran.

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