An Einar Petersen mural from the Rosslyn Hotel.
A vendor on EBay has listed what is apparently one of Einar Petersen’s long-lost murals from the Rosslyn Hotel — in rather sorry condition. The price is Buy It Now for $5,000.
The Times said the five panels installed at the hotel were 9 feet by 19 feet and described this panel: “A stagecoach entering Los Angeles in a gay and lively way, horses and driver full of spirited action.”
The vendor says:
Several decades ago, a friend of ours purchased 4 panels from an older California couple, (that moved to Montana) years ago. The story goes that they purchased them in the 1980′s when the old Hotel was being renovated. The whereabouts of the 5th panel is not known.
Our friend had them in a storage unit until about 7yrs.ago, when he put 3 on a local auction. He decided to keep the Stagecoach one because he liked & it was in the best condition. Also, it was the only panel signed by the artist, but he couldn’t make out the name, so never knew the identity of the artist.
The other 3 that went to auction were in very poor condition, but nonetheless, extraordinary paintings! (my opinion). I remember when first saw them being sort of awestruck & thought they must’ve been incredible when they were first unveiled at the Hotel. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, and couldn’t afford to have them restored, so I didn’t buy them, but know the guy who did.
I never forgot about them, and finally purchased the Stagecoach one 2 yrs. ago. Unfortunately, it is in very poor condition. I had a professional art restorer look at it & he said COULD be restored, but would be expensive, so I am selling it.
As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.