ALTADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers is ringing in the holidays with its inaugural Headquarters Auction, a sale of fine jewelry, watches, coins and luxury accessories scheduled for Dec. 6, 2012. Moran’s Headquarters, or HQ, Auctions, are the Southern California house’s new series of sale events, to be held at their facility in Altadena rather than at their customary venue, the Pasadena Convention Center.
Moran’s will launch the event in the festive spirit of the season with a holiday gala and preview Dec. 5, followed by an extended preview and the auction sale Dec. 6. Bidding is available from the floor and via absentee, telephone, or online through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
More than 300 items, each culled from private collections and estates across Southern California, will be offered.
The Dec. 5 preview begins at noon and continues into the evening; at 6 p.m., the event will transition into a casual pre-auction holiday party, featuring a wine bar and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Kitchen for Exploring Foods.
The public is encouraged to explore John Moran’s headquarters, meet the staff and continue previewing the lots available in the Dec. 6 sale. A raffle that evening will give attendees the opportunity to go home with an Apple iPad Mini, among other prizes. An RSVP is kindly requested for those who wish to attend the holiday gathering. Previews will resume Dec. 6 at noon, and the HQ auction will begin at 6 p.m.
Select highlights include an Art Deco star ruby and diamond brooch set in platinum. Featuring a central high dome cabochon star ruby weighing approximately 5.90 carats, eight baguette rubies and more than 100 single and round-cut diamonds, this brooch should add a fair amount of sparkle to someone’s stocking this winter ($3,500 to $4,500 estimate).
Also offered is an antique (circa 1830-1840) rose-cut diamond and silver-topped gold necklace ($20,000 to $30,000) from The Estate of a Lady.
Also on the block is an Edwardian twin diamond necklace set in platinum, designed with two old European-cut diamonds, each more than 2.50 carats, as well as 32 full-cut round diamonds totaling .50 carats ($25,000 to $35,000).
A jadeite and gold dragon motif bangle by Arthur & Bond of Yokohama promises to be an outstanding pleaser. Estimated at $1,500 to $2,000, it comes from a local Southern California estate and has been in the family for generations.
A playful roulette wheel charm bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels is also offered with an estimate of $2,500 to $3,000. Finally, a number of ever-popular Judith Leiber 3D purses and accessories set overall with rhinestones promise to bring even more sparkle to the season.
The second half of the sale features an Art Nouveau necklace by Krementz featuring a seed pearl, enamel and gem center ($400 to $600).
Buyers should also look for conservatively estimated items of all types, including a plethora of gold coin jewelry pieces, gold and silver coins, costume jewelry, Hermès scarves, Vuitton luggage, designer handbags and more.
For more information: John Moran Auctioneers. To RSVP for the Dec. 5 holiday gathering, contact 626-793-1833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.