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Bell, Seferina  – Jar with Bird & Star

Seferina Bell has long  been considered one of the great Zia potters of the 20th century.  This is a classic jar with birds on two sides.  Above the birds are the classic Zia rainbow with the red clay slip.  Separating the birds are a star pattern with the red band above and below.  The bowl was slipped with the white clay and painted with the red clay and which is polished.  There is a beautiful patina to the surface of this small bowl!  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair but there is a slight lean to the form.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark, a bell.

$ 900.00 $ 700.00
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Victorino. Sandra  – Jar with Butterfly Pattern & Fluted Rim

Sandra Victorino is  a niece of noted potter Dorothy Torivio.    Sandra has her own unique style of “op-art”, where the patterns start small, then get larger and then smaller again on the vessel.  These pieces reflect the variety and intricacy of her pottery designs. This jar has the white clay painted with the black bee-weed (a plant) and a red clay slip.  The jar is intricately painted with a op-art style butterfly design where the pattern gets larger and smaller near the mouth and base.  This piece is unusual with the fluted rim but creates a great visual appearance.  Sandra creates a beautiful sense of balance between the form and design.

$ 250.00 $ 150.00
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Unsigned – Santa Clara Melon Jar (1920’s)

This bowl is unsigned jar is from the 1920’s.  It has a high shoulder and a slight neck.  The jar is indented with melon “ribs” around the shoulder.  They are pushed into the clay in the classic melon rib style. Typical of pieces from the early 1920’s, the jar is fully polished on the inside of the neck and also on the base.  It is fascinating to see such a classic style from this period and see how it has been reinterpreted today with both melon and ribbed jars. The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some surface scratches and wear typical of a piece this age. However, note the great condition of the bottom of this piece, which has very few scratches and reflects the care taken of it over the years!

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
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Unsigned – Santa Clara Open Bowl with “Finger” Handles (1920’s)

This bowl is unsigned bowl is from the 1920’s.  It has a sharp shoulder and it is fully polished on the inside and outside. The bowl has squared off handles which extend onto the bowl with three “fingers”.  This is a style which was common at Santa Clara Pueblo in the 1920’s.  Margaret Tafoya says that she remembers seeing photos in books of Greek and Roman pottery with “hand” handles, and that is where the inspiration comes from.  It is fascinating to realize how pottery vessels from 100 years ago were as innovative and reflective of the world around them as pieces being made today!  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some surface scratches and wear typical of a piece this age.

$ 1,000.00 $ 800.00
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Nampeyo, Adelle L. – Bowl with Migration Pattern

Adelle Nampeyo is known for her stylistic use of traditional Hopi designs.  This bowl has a migration pattern or bird wing design above the shoulder.  The design is painted with intricate lines.  Adelle has used native clays and bee-weed (the black) for the coloration.  It has been traditionally fired to create the coloration on the surface of the jar.  The coloration works beautifully with this piece with shades from white to orange.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 150.00 $ 100.00
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Nampeyo, Candice “Candy” – Bowl with Mountain and Cloud Designs

Candice learned to make pottery from her mother, Darlene Nampeyo.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and painted with Hopi-Tewa designs using traditional techniques and outdoor fired.  This bowl has a mountain and cloud pattern encircling the piece.  The red clay slip has mica in it and the black is painted with bee-weed (a plant).  There are some color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 125.00 $ 85.00
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Melchor, Santana – Jar with Rain Designs

Santana Melchor was one of the great potters from Santo Domingo throughout the 1900’s. This water jar is a classic shape with a rain, cloud and wild spinach leaf design.  The  jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and native clay slips. It is signed on the bottom, “Santana Melchor”.  The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is wear around the base, inside the rim and on areas of the sides.

$ 625.00 $ 425.00
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Nampeyo, Leah  – Jar with Migration Pattern

This is a classic jar by Leah Nampeyo.  It has a wide shoulder and slightly turned out rim. The design is a migration pattern which is painted on the shoulder of the piece.  It extends down to the base.  It is a classic design which was revived by Nampeyo of Hano.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is some loss of the black in various areas.

$ 500.00 $ 400.00
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Naranjo-Morse, Nora – Figurative Mask Sculpture

This is an exceptional sculptural piece by Nora Naranjo-Morse.  It is a very large piece in the style of a mask yet minimalized into its component parts.  On the horizontal section there are the round “eyes” and the remainder is stylized with various Pueblo designs. In the center is an additional removable piece creating an additional aspect for the sculpture.  Nora is always amazingly innovative in her work and creative with her iconogrpphy. It is signed, “Nora”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00 $ 2,200.00
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Naranjo, Luciano – Jar with Deer, Bear and Avanyu

Spectacular!  This is a remarkable piece from Luciano.  It is a beautiful shape with a wide shoulder and sloping neck. The entire jar is fully polished and the designs are etched into the clay. There are deer, a bear and wild turkey.  Flowing through the background of the jar is a water serpent (avanyu), which ties the entire piece together.  The area where he has etched away the polished surface he has then scraped down to create a striking contrast between the polished and matte surface.  The color from the firing on this jar is stunning as it is deep, rich brown.  It is great to see a younger potter taking chances on such major work.  Luciano is definitely one of those younger potters to watch!

$ 1,800.00 $ 1,200.00
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Trujillo, Felipia – Jar with Lizards & Clouds

Felipa Trujillo began making storytellers and pottery in the 1930’s.  This bowl is one of her classic pieces with traditional cloud motifs and lizards in relief on the surface.  The classic rain cloud patterns seen on the bowl are reminiscent of the classic Cochiti pottery of the late 1800’s.  It is the use of the lizards and other animals in relief which was a new “addition” beginning in the 1950’s.  This bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00 $ 150.00
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Nahohai, Josephine – Kiva Bowl with Handle and Dragonflies

Josephine Nahohai (1912-2007)  began making pottery in the 1950’s.  She was the mother of noted potters Randy and Milford Nahohai.  She was known for creation of very traditional style Zuni pottery.  This is one of her Kiva or Corn Meal bowls. It has kiva steps on the side for the actual shape and a handle. The bowl would traditionally have been used for holding cornmeal during ceremonies.  The outside has dragonflies and the inside tadpoles and a lizard.  The bowl was painted with traditional clays and fired very light, which gives it a very striking appearance.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “J. Nahohai” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 200.00 $ 150.00
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Victorino. Sandra  – Jar with Butterfly Swirls

Sandra Victorino is  a niece of noted potter Dorothy Torivio.    Sandra has her own unique style of “op-art”, where the patterns start small, then get larger and then smaller again on the vessel.  These pieces reflect the variety and intricacy of her pottery designs. This jar has the white clay painted with the black bee-weed, creating a very modern appearance. It is very thin walled and the design is a plant, butterfly wing and fineline (rain) pattern. The intricacy of the designs and the use of the op-art imagery adds to the sophistication of the jar!  Sandra creates a beautiful sense of balance between the form and design.

$ 2,000.00 $ 1,500.00
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Lewis, Rosemary & Travis – Wedding Vase

Travis (b. 1951) and Rosemary Lewis (b. 1952) are traditional Santa Clara potters.  Rosemary is a daughter of Olaria Sisneros. Travis was inspired by Mary Cain.  This wedding vase is fully carved with two flute players and corn on one side.  The opposite side has traditional Santa Clara patterns.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 375.00 $ 300.00
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Tafoya, Ray  – Tall Jar with Eagle and Flute Player  (1987)

This tall jar by Ray Tafoya is fully polished.  The body of the piece has a flute player in a central medallion.  The top is flattened and has an etched eagle.  The remainder of the piece is fully etched with designs.  All the different colors are derived from natural clay slips. Note how many of the designs on the jar are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Moquino.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00 $ 600.00
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Shupla, Helen – Melon Jar with 10 Ribs

Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon bowls.  Her melon jars are the traditional style with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar has ten ribs which are wide and there is a narrow groove separating each of the ribs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00 $ 1,000.00
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Victorino. Sandra  – Snow & Rain Design Seed Jar

Sandra Victorino is  a niece of noted potter Dorothy Torivio.    Sandra has her own unique style of “op-art”, where the patterns start small, then get larger and then smaller again on the vessel.  These pieces reflect the variety and intricacy of her pottery designs. This jar has the white clay painted with the black bee-weed (a plant) and a red clay slip.  The jar has a checkerboard snow pattern swirling down from the rim.  There is also a red lightning pattern and a very fine-line painted rain design.  The imagery starts small at the neck and then gets larger and then small again at the base.  The intricacy of the designs and the use of the op-art imagery adds to the sophistication of the jar!  Sandra creates a beautiful sense of balance between the form and design.

$ 800.00 $ 700.00
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Tapia, Mae – Bowl with Quail, Lizard and Rabbit Medallions

Mae Tapia was known for her intricately etched miniature pottery.  However, this is one of the largest pieces of her pottery we have seen in a long time!  The bowl has three medallions which consist of a quail, lizard and rabbit.  Surrounding each of the medallions are various pueblo feather and geometric patterns.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00 $ 250.00
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Williams, Lorraine – Long Neck Jar with Yei Figures

This is a traditional jar by Lorriane Williams.  It is a long neck and  low shoulder.  There are Yei Figures and rug patterns around the neck.  Around the shoulder is a corrugated section with a design created by pushing in the clay.  This is a simulated “rug” pattern, with a similar texture appearance.  Near the base is another mountain style rug pattern.  There is a spirit line which runs from the rim to the bottom of the design, which is traditional on Navajo work.  The designs are further highlighted with additional clay slips.  It has been traditionally fired.  After the piece is fired it is covered in pine pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian.  Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”.

$ 400.00 $ 300.00
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Naranjo, Luciano – Wide Bowl with Wildlife Scene

Spectacular!  This is a remarkable piece from Luciano.  It is one of his largest vessels to date and it is a technically difficult wide shoulder jar!  Few Santa Clara potters attempt this shape as the native clay does not always work well for making wide pieces.  This jar has been fired a dark, rich brown coloration.  There is just a slight lip, which adds to the overall elegance of the form.  However, it is the incised imagery which makes the jar so dynamic.  There is an etched eagle, elk, geese, rabbit, bugling elk, big horn sheep and butterfly!  They are each etched into the surface of the clay in a blend of realism and traditional Santa Clara two-dimensional style of art.  Note as well how Luciano has scraped down the tan background area, which creates such and elegant appearance and also a strong visual contrast with the design.  Again, it is a distinguishing technical aspect of this piece which is very time consuming.  It is great to see a younger potter taking chances on such major work.  Luciano is definitely one of those younger potters to watch!

$ 2,800.00 $ 1,750.00
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Simpson, Rose – “Call a Spade a Spade” Jar

Rose Simpson is one of the exciting innovative potters working today.  While she is known for her figurative work, this piece combines a classic vessel form with her creative painting.  The jar is entitled, “Call a Spade a Spade”.  There are figures on both sides, and one is holding a Jack of Spades card.  In the background are the words “hearts”, “Jack”, “King” and the word “Spade” is written in black.  Some of the areas are glazed and the others are matte. The jar plays on the meaning behind the name of the vessel in both the words and figures.  It’s a reflection on honesty.  Rose continues to expand her style in various museum exhibitions around the US and create new and more dynamic works in clay.

$ 4,000.00 $ 3,000.00
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Martinez, Lucy – Jar with Feather Pattern

Lucy Martinez is known for her traditional style San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is highly polished and painted with a feather pattern around the neck. Around the shoulder is a cloud pattern.  Typically she would make the pottery and it would be polished by her husband, Richard. The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lucy M.”.

$ 125.00 $ 75.00
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Nampeyo, Candice “Candy” – Turtle with Traditional Designs

Candice learned to make pottery from her mother, Darlene Nampeyo.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and painted with Hopi-Tewa designs using traditional techniques and outdoor fired.  This is one of her turtles.  It is painted with a classic night scene of Hopi, with the mesas and the stars in the sky.  There are some color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 100.00 $ 75.00
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Nampeyo, Darlene – Miniature Pottery Set

Darlene learned to make pottery from her aunts, Dextra and Priscilla.  Her pottery is more traditional in style and she continues to use Hopi clay for her pottery and paint with bee-weed for the black.  This is a charming set she has made with two small bowls made with the Hopi red clay.  They are affixed to two clay “rock” slabs.  She said she had made the miniatures and thought they were more interesting as a group, as if they were sitting out on the rocks at Hopi.  It has been traditionally fired to create the variations in color on the surface.  It is signed on the back.

$ 75.00 $ 50.00
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Williams, Lorraine – Large Bowl with Yei Designs

This is a large bowl by Lorriane Williams.  It is a wide shape with a sharp shoulder.  The piece is incised with two Yei masks on either side.  There is a connecting rug pattern.  The designs are further highlighted with additional clay slips.  It has been traditionally fired.  After the piece is fired it is covered in pine pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian.  Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”.

$ 800.00 $ 550.00
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Candelaria, Daryl – Large “Shards” Jar

Daryl Candelaria is one of the few potters working at San Felipe Pueblo.  He studied both historic and contemporary pottery at SAR in Santa Fe, NM.  This jar is one of his classic “Shard” pots.  It is coil built and each of the “shards” is carved into the clay.  What makes it so extraordinary is that each shard is either painted, polished or carved in a representative manner the various Pueblos.  Few potters have the technical ability to create so many diverse surfaces, let alone on one vessel!  As the jar is turned the classic Zia, Jemez and Hopi designs.  The carved and polished red section with the avanyu head is reminiscent of San Ildefonso.  The Mimbres deer is Acoma while the figure and parrot are inspired by the Awatovi murals.  The single figure is Mimbres and there is also shard of corrugated pottery in gray.  The red carved figure with the tablita is inspired by Santa Clara carved pottery.  There are additional black-on-black and red-on-red sections as well as a single micaceous shard.  Amazingly the various styles and techniques blend beautifully on the jar.   It is signed by the artist and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  What a perfect way to portray the history and techniques of Pueblo pottery in one vessel!

$ 4,800.00 $ 3,900.00
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Naranjo, Madeline – Engagement Basket with Flower Design

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This is an unusual piece of her work in terms of form.  It is an engagement basket, which is always a technically difficult form.  It is certainly one for which her grandmother, Madeline Naranjo, was well known for making.  This piece is carved with flowers for the design.  They are also carved for the handle!  They vary from polished to matte to create a contrast as the piece is turned.  At the end of the photos are two images of the piece as it was being carved.  It is interesting to see how Madeline draws out the designs and then carved them into the clay before polishing!  Note as well how her matte areas are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentions or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.

$ 550.00 $ 450.00
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Naranjo, Luciano – Seedpot with Deer

Luciano Naranjo is known for his contemporary style incised pottery using animals and nature as his themes.  This striking seedpot is highly polished and fired brown.  The design is a male and female deer facing in opposite directions.  Between them is a flower medallion.  Note the cloud step patterns in the ear.  This design is one of many that Luciano uses to distinguish his work from that of his father, Paul Naranjo.  Luciano is definitely one of those younger potters to watch!

$ 400.00 $ 300.00
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Naranjo, Luciano – Jar with Deer & Ram Animals & Dancers

There are a deer and Big Horn Sheep on each side of the jar.  Separating are a Deer Dancer and a Ram Dancer.  The jar captures connection between the animals and the dancers who portray them in various Pueblo ceremonies.  Flowing through the background of the jar is a water serpent (avanyu), which ties the entire piece together.  The area where he has etched away the polished surface he has then scraped down to create a striking contrast between the polished and matte surface.  The color from the firing on this jar is a dark brown.  Luciano is definitely one of those younger potters to watch!

$ 650.00 $ 400.00
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Lewis, Sharon – Plate with Rain Design

Sharon Lewis has developed her own very distinctive style of design.  Her pieces are beautifully formed, thin walled and then tightly painted.  This is one of her few larger plates.  It has a red rim and a painted design in the center.  The rim is meant to represent the earth while the fine lines are the rain and clouds flowing down from the sky.  The plate is intricately painted and a striking balance of negative space in the design.

$ 350.00 $ 250.00
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Tafoya, Margaret – Wedding Vase with Kiva Step Design

This wedding vase is a very traditional piece of pottery from Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1960’s.  It is fully polished and carved.  The design is a kiva step and rain pattern which is repeated on both sides.  There is a mountain design carved into the opposite sides.  The shape of the spouts with the squared ends is also typical of Margaet’s work throughout her career.  This piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.

$ 14,000.00 $ 9,500.00
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Begaye, Nathan – Tile with Polychrome Lizard

Nathan Begaye was a unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters.  His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his work flow between the two distinctive styles and yet find their own unique space.  His work used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  This tile is from 2000 and was made for a “Hopi Tile” show that we had here the gallery.  The lizard is painted on a polished white clay surface and the colors are all natural clay slips.  The black is bee-weed and note the tightly painted fineline designs. Nathan used a piece from a broken vessel to create this “shard” which he wanted to look like an ancient piece that had just been found.  There is a little bit of wear on the black and some minor spalling, which adds to the feel of the piece being “old”.  Note on the back the rust colored area below the signature, that was where he put some caliche clay he found here in AZ and he wanted to see what color it would fire.

$ 600.00 $ 400.00
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Swentzell, Roxanne – “The Presenter” Original Clay Figure

This is a striking original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “The Presenter” and it is one of Roxanne’s pieces in her bathing suit series.  The figure shows the complexity that Roxanne is able to achieve with her clay work. The extended feet, the movement of the hands, the face, are all perfectly scuplted.  Roxanne is able to achieve such a sense of emotion in the faces of her figures!  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is from early 2000 and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

Our consignor has asked us to reduce the price and add it to our Estate Sale page. 

$ 14,000.00 $ 9,800.00
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Swentzell, Roxanne – “Taking Aim” Original Clay Figure

This is a powerful original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “Taking Aim” and the figure is an interesting combination of Koshari with an American Flag motif on the body.  This is one of Roxanne’s clay pieces which has such amazing detail in the face and hair. The eyes and the face truly capture the moment. The body is outstanding with great motion in the hands and the the placement of the feet.  This clay piece is signed, “ROX” in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Our consignor has asked us to reduce the price and add it to our Estate Sale page. 

 

$ 13,500.00 $ 9,800.00
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Naranjo, Dusty – Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

This small jar by Dusty Naranjo is a fully polished and etched.  It has a series of hummingbirds and flowers as the design. Near the neck it is more fully designed with geometric patterns.  There is a wonderful intricacy of the designs of the flowers on the sides as they extend upward to the hummingbirds! Intricate and elegant!

$ 150.00 $ 100.00
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Tafoya, Lee & Betty – Bowl with Avanyu

This jar is a classic piece by Lee and Betty.  The bowl was made and carved by Lee and then polished by Betty.  The shape of the head of the avanyu has a very square shape, which was very typical of his work.  The bowl is fully carved and highly polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Betty & Lee Tafoya”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 550.00 $ 450.00
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