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Christie’s worldwide watch sales for the first half of 2021 totalled $93.7m, a record performance which exceeded Christie’s watch figures for 2020 and 2019.
Two years ago the Only Watch auction set a new all-time world record price with a Patek Philippe timepiece. The spectacle returns this November.
The sale concentrated more on volume than on headline-grabbing seven-figure timepieces, but there were some star lots including an 18ct gold Patek Philippe Calatrava, ref 570, owned by Andy Warhol, which sold for $150,000.
Two rare Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars in great condition will go under the hammer, as well as an as-new steel Royal Oak with black tapisserie dial from 1976.
Auction is a test of the desirability for Patek Philippe's Nautilus and Audemars Piguet's Jumbo Royal Oak, both of which have been in the news this year for being discontinued (although not these references).
Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has secured a complete set of F.P. Journe “Souscription” watches for sale at its Geneva Watch Auction: XIV in November 2021.
John Player Special and double-signed Linz Brothers Daytona watches could both hammer for over $1 million.
Cartier Pebble with turtle lugs has every chance of smashing its pre-auction estimate of $210,000 to $280,000.
A fortnight of online auctions features vintage and contemporary timepieces from the world's most important makers.
Cartier Octagonal sells for $170,000 in the same month a Cartier Pebble hammered for $450,000 in Geneva.