Last week we reported on Antiquorum’s auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces,” held on April 10th in New York City. Today, we have the results of the auction, which featured watches with ties to celebrities and famous athletes.
The auction totaled $4,033,550, with bidders from around the world including the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, Lebanon, Italy, and Switzerland.
The top seller of the auction was a rare Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (lot 99) in rose gold, which sold for $794,500. The watch was made in 1951, with a perpetual calendar, moon-phase, square-button chronograph, and tachymeter, on an 18K rose-gold Patek Philippe link bracelet. Another Ref. 1518 (lot 98), in yellow gold, sold for $197,500.
A rare left-handed Rolex, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, sold for $51,250, over four times its high estimate of $12,000. Meanwhile, the Bulova Accutron owned by Joe DiMaggio (lot 298) sold for $20,625, over five times its high estimate. The IWC Schaffhausen Ref. IW500127 Portuguese Automatic Edition “Tribeca Film Festival 2013” Unique Piece sold for $60,000, over twice its high estimate with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting The Tribeca Film Institute.