Inventory of an Iconic Los Angeles Art and Design Dealer Ordered Sold by Bankruptcy Court Order

ByDonald L. Leech

May 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About May 19ThreeSixty Asset Advisors and John Moran Auctioneers will conduct the first of their two orderly auctions featuring properties from the iconic Los Angeles art and design dealer, Antiquarian Traders. The sale will feature over five hundred lots, including an impressive selection of Continental and American furniture and decorative arts, in styles such as Art Deco, Renaissance Revival, Eastlake, Art Nouveau and Victorian.

Before being seized by the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee, Elissa MillerAntiquarian Traders was owned and operated by Marc Abbey Slotkinson of the founder and philanthropist of Abbey Rentals, Stanley Slotkin. For over 40 years, Slotkin has sourced unique art and design finds from around the world, amassing a collection that has been featured in both its beverly hills storefront and its Southgate warehouse. Slotkin’s selection ranges from fine art, furniture, lighting and stained glass to Steinway grand pianos. Clocks and an array of decorative items in gilded bronze, glass, silverware and ceramics will also be on display for bidders on auction day. With thousands of pieces under roof comprising approximately 1,700 lots spread across the two auctions, there will be plenty of variety for interested parties to peruse, both online and on-site during scheduled previews.

First-sale highlights include a mid-20and Lalique “Cactus” table of the century with an estimated value of $10,000 for $20,000a pair of French tazzas in gilt bronze and marble, estimated at $4,000 for $6,000a 19and-century Victorian figural clock with trim set, estimated at $1,000 for $1,500a Art Nouveau intact four-piece bed set with an estimated value of $3,000 for $5,000a Wooton Company office, estimated at $3,000 for $5,000and one Carl Rungius (1869-1959) painting of “Moose and Mate” from 1907 with an auction estimate of $20,000 for $30,000.

While high style antique furniture continues to be valued for its quality and craftsmanship, there has been an adjustment in fair market values ​​since the heyday of collecting decades ago. Savvy dealers have adapted to meet changing market demand, while those who have maintained their ambitious prices have often been forced out of business. Jeff Moranpresident of John Moran Auctioneers, provides additional context for the Antiquarian Traders inventory sale: “The collection includes some unique and special items. We have seen many of them offered at auction with unrealistic reserve prices for years We are excited to see how many of these items are selling now that the public will have the opportunity to bid freely without exorbitant minimum bid requirements.”

the May 19 the auction will take place entirely online with links to the auction site and catalog available at www.360moran.com. Public previews will take place at Los Angeles warehouse area during the week prior to the sale and successful bidders will have two weeks after the sale to collect their purchases or engage third parties to do so on their behalf. The second and final auction of the Antiquarian collection is tentatively scheduled for early July.

“The collection is so deep and expansive that it is reminiscent of the variety found in the iconic Hollywood prop houses that we sold in the early 2000s,” says Jeff Tanenbaum, president of ThreeSixty Asset Advisors and bankruptcy specialist. “The quality of every item in Antiquarian Traders sales, however, is exceptional – either in terms of provenance and authenticity, or the quality of restoration efforts.”

Interested persons can obtain more information online at www.360moran.comby email to [email protected] or by phone at 888-345-SOLD.

SOURCE ThreeSixty Asset Advisors