Iconic Pieces of the Morrison Planetarium and Golden Gate Park to be Offered at Clars Auction Gallery

06 May

Oakland, CA, 22 – May 2016 – On November 8, 1952, the spectacular Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park opened to the public. The most technically advanced star projector at the time illuminated Mars in Aquarius, Saturn in Gemini and fireball streaks to captivated audiences that filled the star theatre. The vaulted white dome, which captured the celestial projections, was framed entirely at it’s base by over 60 metal cutouts artistically designed as buildings, bridges and other San Francisco Bay Area landmarks. With light from the theatre, they projected striking silhouettes against the white dome. For over 50 years, the Morrison Planetarium hosted over 10 million visitors. While many of these visitors came for the “star show,” a likely equal number came for the Psychedelic Light and Laser Shows that were so integral to the rock ‘n roll culture of San Francisco in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Clars Auction Gallery is honored to be offering over 60 of the artistic metal cutouts that encircled and framed the star theatre of this San Francisco Bay Area Landmark. Among the iconic panels scenes to be sold will be the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Farallon Islands and Mt. Tamalpais.  The historic metal cutouts will be sold in group lots of various numbers with each individual panel estimated at $200 – $400. The total estimate for each group lot will be based on the number of panels included in that lot. (Each panel measures approximately 54”h x 40”w).


Children enjoy the Morrison Planetarium  at the old Academy of Sciences. Dec. 12, 1971.

Children enjoy the Morrison Planetarium at the old Academy of Sciences.
Dec. 12, 1971.

Clars.TraderVicDolphins_webAnd for those of you who thought “Trader Vic” only brought us Mai Tais, exotic Tiki drinks and fabulous Polynesian cuisine, think again. Trader Vic, aka, Victor J. Bergeron (America, 1902-1984), was also an accomplished sculptor and his works stand today in front of numerous California institutions. One of his most highly regarded works was his bronze sculpture titled “Dolphins,” which stood in the entrance plaza between the Morrison Planetarium and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Clars is also very honored to offer this sculpture on May 22nd for $4,000 – $6,000.

Furthering the San Francisco Bay Area icons of history to be offered at this important sale will be a piece of a plaster column from the Palace of Fine Arts that was created for the San Francisco World’s Fair in 1915. This historic architectural element will be offered for $1,000 to $2,000.

Clars.PalaceFineArtsColumn_webAnd a look across the Bay to Oakland finds another long-running Bay Area destination whose property will be sold as well. For 48 years, Francesco’s Restaurant near the Oakland Airport satiated the appetites of lovers of Italian cuisine. Among the property to be offered from this famous restaurant will be model planes and aviation memorabilia.

All of these important pieces of San Francisco Bay Area history will be offered on Sunday, May 22, 2016, as part of Clars Auction Gallery’s Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Furnishings, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction. For more information please visit www.clars.com, email [email protected] or call (510) 428-0100.

The sale will begin promptly at 10am. Previews will be held Friday, May 20th from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 am and by appointment the week prior.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country.

Bidding for Clars’ auctions is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online at www.Live.Clars.com and through www.liveauctioneers.com, and www.Invaluable.com.  Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Since 2001, Clars Auction Gallery has sold over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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