I know, I know, I keep suggesting new ways for you to spend your money, but I have to let you know about this opportunity right away, because it’s time-sensitive.  And because, even if I can’t afford to bid on these exceptional items from Moran’s (I did buy those white Pikeur breeches after all), maybe you can, and maybe you’ll fall in love with one of the treasures on the block next week.

Here’s my favorite:

This unmarked Chinese stone sculpture (Lot #1151) is 16″H x 18.5″W x 6″D, and is in the catalog with an estimate of $700/900.  There is no date attribution but it’s nice to know that less-than-successful attempts to control pushy horses is nothing new.

As an antique and vintage horse jewelry dealer, I’d love to have this piece for my own collection:

It’s a signed Tiffany & Co, yellow enamel with rubies and diamonds (Lot #1160).   It’s not mint — a few rubies show minor chipping — so the estimate is $4000/6000 (putting it well beyond the furthest reaches of my inventory). Breeders and anyone who has owned horses that like to rear, as I have, is sure to love this piece.  It would make an amazing gift for someone you adore…even if that someone is yourself.

If you’re more Montana than Madison Avenue, you’re still not at a loss for things to spend your money on.  Feast your eyes on this photogravure on paper created in 1905 by Edward S. Curtis, entitled “Oasis in the Badlands” (Lot #1191) with an estimate of $2000/3000:

There’s also this gouache on paper under glass by James Lee Colt, entitled “Maverick” (Lot #1192) with an estimate of $600/800.  Perfect for anyone who loved the movie Buck and is dreaming about roping, as I am.

On the other hand, if your dream is to drive six mules in hand (more power to you), you can bid on this work by Colt, entitled “The Freighters” (Lot #1194):

You’ll want to read the full description of each of these items before you bid, and there’s an off chance you’ll want to look at the non-horse-related stuff they have for sale.  But don’t delay.  The auction is December 13th.

You don’t need to be in Pasadena to bid.  You can also bid by phone, absentee or online.  For more information, call Moran’s at 626-793-1833 or write info@johnmoran.com