Earl Moran Pinup Painting. ca. 1960
Appraised Value: $20,000 - $30,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (3:27)
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GUEST: As much as I can remember, it spent ten to 15 years at my mom's house. She bought it at an estate sale, and she paid about... I think around $200 for it.
GUEST: And I've been begging her for this picture ever since I've seen it. I've just remodeled my house, and I made it all '50s. I kept telling my mom, "So, can I have the picture now?" So finally, she gave it to me.
APPRAISER: Earl Moran was born in 1893 and died in 1984. What's interesting about him is he started off his career as a very, you know, sort of white shoe illustrator. Charles Dana Gibson and James Montgomery Flagg were the people that he was following and interested in. He also studied at the Art Students' League in New York. But where he found fame and fortune was in mid-century Los Angeles, and this is a really wonderful, wonderful example of his pin-up calendar art. The piece is mixed media on board. This was probably done as an advertisement for a car company or even a sporting company, because you also have the sailboat and the motorboat. But its real appeal is in being pin-up.
APPRAISER: Do you have any idea of the value of the piece? Have you had it appraised recently?
GUEST: No, I have no idea, honestly. I just painted a wall in my house the pink on the car, and so... (both laughing)
APPRAISER: A girl after my own heart.
GUEST: And it looks really good in my house, so as to the value, no, I've never, never looked into it.
APPRAISER: Well, Moran's paintings are valued on a sliding scale, but not the usual sliding scale; the more clothes that slide off the pin-up girl, the more valuable they tend to be.
APPRAISER: This is a very special one. She's a lovely, wholesome young girl wearing the bright green bathing suit. The great period car, the period sailing vessels and motorboat, the cute dog, the nice signature... I would be estimating it between $20,000 and $30,000 at auction.
GUEST: (laughing) Is my mom going to see this? Because I'm not giving it back!
APPRAISER: It'll be our secret.
GUEST: Okay! Oh, my gosh, really?
GUEST: Oh, my goodness.
APPRAISER: She's well-presented, shall we say.
GUEST: And she looks good on my pink wall.
APPRAISER: And she looks good on your pink wall. It's priceless.
GUEST: Oh man
APPRAISER: Great, thank you.
GUEST: Thank you!
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