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More November Auction Results


Earlier today, we posted results from recent record-breaking Antiquorum and Christie's watch auctions.  Sotheby's also had strong results for its November watch auctions. Following the landmark sale of the George Daniels Horological Collection last week in London, achieving a total of £8,285,139 ($13,249,594), Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Important Watches concluded with a result of CHF … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s to Auction Rare Patek Philippes Owned by Henry Graves Family

Sothebys Patek Philippe Ref. 2497

In December 1999, Sotheby’s made watch-auction history. The auction house sold the so-called Henry Graves Supercomplication — a pocketwatch originally commissioned from Patek Philippe by noted watch collector Henry Graves, Jr., and which featured 24 complications — for an astounding $11,002,500, still the world record for any timepiece at auction. Last week, Sotheby's announced that it will … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Autumn Sale Includes Unique Patek Philippe Reference 1518, Historical Rolexes, and Much More

Sotheby’s autumn sale of Important Watches on Sunday November 13 in Geneva will be spearheaded by the “Clarin Mustad 1518” - a unique Patek Philippe reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph that is estimated to sell for between $890,000 and $1,330,000. The sale also includes two Rolex wristwatches that belonged to leaders of the post-World War II era. … [Read more...]

A. Lange & Söhne Achieves Record Prices at Auction

A. Lange & Söhne achieved three record sales at Sotheby’s "Important Watches" auction, held on October 6 in Hong Kong. The top selling pieces included a rare set of two limited edition Grand Lange 1 “Luna Mundi” wristwatches, a limited edition 1815 Moonphase “Homage to F. A. Lange” in honey gold, and a Lange Zeitwerk. Find the sale prices and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]

Marc Michel-Amadry Appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s Switzerland

Marc Michel-Amadry has been named as managing director of Sotheby’s Switzerland. Mr Michel-Amadry will divide his time between Sotheby’s Zurich and Geneva. Sotheby's said the re-establishment of a pan-Swiss management structure reflects the growing importance of the company's business in Switzerland and will enhance its ability to provide client services. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Appoints Tim Bourne Worldwide Head of Watches

Sotheby’s has appointed Tim Bourne as Worldwide Head of its Watches department. Mr. Bourne will be based in Hong Kong, overseeing Sotheby’s Asia watch auctions in addition to those in Geneva, New York and London. Sotheby's said the appointment is a strategic move in response to the rapid expansion of the auction market for watches worldwide, especially in Asia. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Geneva Sale Brings $8.7 Million

Sotheby’s May 15 Geneva sale presented pieces representing five centuries of watchmaking, from 1580 to the present day. The top price was realized by a very rare Patek Philippe ref. 2499 which fetched $815,637, and by one of the most exclusive examples of a stainless steel Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” with inverted lines, which brought $233,150. … [Read more...]

Preview: Sotheby’s October 27 NYC Auction

Sotheby's October 27 auction of Important Watches and Clocks in New York City features a wide-ranging selection, ranging from 18th century enamel watches, snuff boxes and music boxes, to tourbillons from modern horological masters. Here are five pieces sure to delight wristwatch collectors. Lot 114 is a platinum IWC Il Destriero Scafusia, No. 105, circa 1993 with platinum bracelet. Cal. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Launches App; Geneva Auction Offers Modern and Historic Classics

1744 meets 2010 as Sotheby’s launches its new application for the iPhone and iPad. Sotheby's will also offer 244 lots at its autumn sale of Important Watches at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage in Geneva on Sunday, November 14. The sale brings together an impressive range of timepieces tracing this history of watchmaking from 1620 to the present day. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sale of Important Watches Brings US$7.14 Million

Sotheby’s October 6 Hong Kong’s sale of Important Watches totaled US$7.14 million, establishing Sotheby’s highest-ever total for a various owners sale of important watches. The auction was 79.9% sold by lot and 85.8% by value. Leading the sale was a Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30º Vision No. 2 with mother-of-pearl dial, circa 2004, which sold for US$325,641 against a pre-sale estimate … [Read more...]

Auction Round-up: Historical Resurgence

The spring auction season has come to an end and in the horological collecting world as in the world at large, the flight to quality assets and the ascendance of Asia are dominant themes. As the price of gold climbs, so too do auction prices for the best pieces: rare Patek Philippe timepieces, especially vintage models - the gold ingots of the watch world, and unique, important historical pieces. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Geneva Sale Generates Over $6 Million

Sotheby's May 9 Geneva sale saw international collectors out in force, staking their claim both for big brands and, even more noticeably, for rare and historic timepieces. In total, the sale realized $6,338,588, well within pre-sale expectations. 53% of the lots sold achieved prices in excess of high estimate, with sell through rates of 78.4% by lot and 81.8% by value. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Auction – Geneva

Sotheby's auction of important watches in Geneva. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Sale Brings Over $3 Million


Sotheby's May 10 Geneva sale brought a total of $3,077,240. The top selling lot was number 147, a Patek Philippe platinum split seconds chronograph, Ref. 5959P, which sold for $297,468 against a pre-sale estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. The sale was 74.8% sold by lot and 73.7 % by value. … [Read more...]

Blue Diamond Achieves Record Price at Sotheby’s


On Tuesday May 12, Sotheby's realized $9,488,754 (CHF 10,498,500 / €7,024,336) for a fancy vivid blue, internally flawless cushion-shaped diamond weighing 7.03 carats. This is the highest price for a fancy vivid blue diamond sold at auction and the world-record price per carat for any gemstone sold at auction - $1,349,752. The sale was held in Geneva, and the price topped the pre-sale estimate … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Collector Timepieces in Geneva

On May 10 at Geneva's Beau-Rivage Hotel, Sotheby's will offer vintage and modern collectible timepieces including Patek Philippe Refs. 5959P and 2499 (fourth series), and a historically important gold, enamel and diamond presentation pocket watch most likely made for King Ludwig II of Bavaria circa 1880. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Geneva Auction Features Patek 5959


Sotheby’s May 10 auction of fine timepieces at the Beau-Rivage Hotel in Geneva will feature treasures old and new. The star among the modern offerings is a Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph Ref. 5959P. This piece, estimated at between $250,000 and $350,000, contains Patek’s first fully in-house chronograph calibre, CHF 27-525PS, which, at 5.25mm, is the thinnest column-wheel … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Auction, Hong Kong

Sotheby's auction of important collector watches, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center … [Read more...]