Earl Steffa Moran (1893-1984) Original Pin-up Painting (c.1953). This is one of the rare "Steffa" images that Earl Moran created for Brown & Bigelow, which he signed with his middle name only. Note the great 1950s TV and telephone props -- the girl on the phone is also pretty cute. Moran worked for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company beginning in the early 1930s, where he produced an array of now legendary pin-up images. After moving to Hollywood in the late 1940s, Moran met Marilyn Monroe (then known as Norma Jean Dougherty). They became friends and she modeled for Moran on several occasions. He also contributed his talents to such men's publications as Beauty Parade, Wink, and Flirt. This painting is rendered in pastel on board, measures approximately 34 x 27 and is signed lower right. A fantastic 1950s period piece by one the leading pin-up artists of his time.

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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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