Steve McQueen’s Rolex Brings Record $234,000


Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 brought $234,000 including buyer’s premium at Antiquorum’s summer sale in New York City yesterday, setting a world record for that reference. Another McQueen item, his Scott Super Squirrel motorcycle painted by Von Dutch brought the highest bid of the day at $276,000. The Heuer Monaco McQueen wore during the 1971 filming of Le Mans far exceeded the pre-sale estimate, selling for $87,600.

Other top performers included a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004 that brought $252,000 and an A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” that brought $156,000. A Lange 1 Tourbillon in platinum sold for $144,000. Lot 299, a Patek Philippe Ref. 5250G Limited Edition Annual Calendar with Silicon Escape Wheel brought $138,000. A Rolex “double red” Sea Dweller with a Cartier dial sold for $91,200, and a Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona Ref. 6239 attained $84,000. All prices include buyer’s premium.

Overall the sale generated $5,706,324. Bids came in from around the world including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, France and Romania. Eighty-one percent of the 416 timepieces were sold by lot and 122% sold by value. In addition to the bidders in the sale room and on the telephone, 478 bidders participated online. Additional results are available at the Antiquorum web site.

Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512

The top selling timepiece: a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004

The A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite”

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