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OC­TO­BER 24, 2017

Cal­i­for­nia & Amer­i­can Fine Art Auc­tion

$1 mil­lion

On Oc­to­ber 24, John Mo­ran Auc­tion­eers brought to mar­ket 200 lots of fine art by Cal­i­for­nia and Amer­i­can artists.the sale in­cluded names such as Guy Rose, Ben Abril, Edgar Payne, May­nard Dixon, Phil Dike and more, at­tract­ing a large crowd for the sale. High­lights in­cluded a circa 1939 paint­ing by Abril that de­picted Grand Cen­tral Pub­lic Mar­ket on Hill Street in Los An­ge­les, which had a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $8,000 to $12,000. The work set a new world auc­tion record for the artist when it achieved $27,000. Sell­ing for the same price was a wa­ter­color by Emil J. Kosa Jr. de­pict­ing fig­ures on a Cal­i­for­nia ranch near the coast­line (est. $4/6,000). Ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion house, the piece was “hard-won by a tele­phone bid­der who had to out­bid a de­ter­mined floor buyer.” Shortly af­ter, a sec­ond Kosa, with a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $3,000 to $4,000, sold for $6,600.

The auc­tion house adds, “Lo­cal South­ern Cal­i­for­nia buy­ers were par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in bid­ding on Sierra Moun­tain land­scapes—one buy even re­port­edly tele­phoned bid­ding from his cabin in the Sier­ras.”among those pieces were Paul Grimm’s Up­per Sier­ras (est. $8/12,000) at $11,400 and Theodore Lukit’s Soli­tude (est. $3/5,000) at $3,300.

Other no­table sales were Dixon’s Inyo Moun­tains — Evening (est. $20/30,000) at $30,000; Payne’s Glacier (est. $30/40,000) at $36,000; and Mau­rice Braun’s Au­tumn

Glow (est. $30/50,000) at $36,000.

Emil J. Kosa Jr. (1903-1968), Fig­ures on a Cal­i­for­nia ranch near coast­line. Wa­ter­color on pa­per un­der glass, 20¾ x 28¾ in., signed lower right: ‘Emil J. Kosa, Jr.’. Cour­tesy John Mo­ran Auc­tion­eers. Es­ti­mate: $4/6,000 SOLD: $27,000

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