Arthur Rider's La Entrada to make $100,000 in California auction?

La Entrada by Arthur Grover Rider (1886-1975) is set to highlight a sale of California and American Fine Art at John Moran Auctioneers on October 22 with a valuation of $80,000-100,000.

Rider was one of the leading scenic artists for MGM and Fox studios from the 1930s onwards. Before that he lived and worked as a painter in Europe, painting both on canvas and for theatrical productions.

Grover Rider La Entrada
La Entrada dates from Rider's period in Valencia, Spain

In previous years his work has sold well at auction, with Valencia Shore reaching $60,000 at John Moran in 2006.

A painting by Granville Redmond (1871-1935), titled View of the Flintridge Biltmore Hotel, is another highlight of the auction with an estimate of $50,000-70,000.

Redmond was a well-known landscape painter and proponent of Californian expressionism. Deaf from an early bout of scarlet fever, he later met Charlie Chaplin who was impressed by the physical expressiveness of sign language.

Redmond and Chaplin became close friends, and Redmond even featured in early films such as City Lights. Chaplin's patronage gave Redmond acclaim, and he became known as one of America's foremost landscape painters.

In 2007 Redmond's California Landscape with Eucalyptus, Poppies and Lupine sold for $450,000 against a $150,000-250,000 estimate at John Moran.

Sierra Lake (La Marque Lake near Bishop, Calif.), an Edgar Aldwin Payne (1883-1947) work is offered with a $40,000-60,000 estimate. Over the last 10 years the market for Payne's work has increased significantly, with Riders on Horseback making $553,000 in 2008.

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