The Auction Block: A Piece of Time

18K Gold Wristwatch With “John Player Special Paul Newman” Dial Rolex, c. 1970
Estimate: $390,000 – $490,000
Auction Date: November 13, Geneva

Christie’s Geneva will devote an entire sale to Rolex watches, comprising the largest Rolex collection ever to be offered in a single afternoon. The incredible array will span most of Rolex’s history, from the 1930s to the current era. Estimates range from $2,000 to $800,000, and could include several record-setting pieces. On the top end of the scale is this possibly one-of-a-kind Daytona with a “Paul Newman” tropical lemon dial.

Gold and Enamel Vanity Watch-Compact
Black, Starr & Frost, Gorham and Dunhill
Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000
Auction Date: November 13, Beverly Hills

Doyle’s semiannual West Coast Jewelry sale attracts hundreds of bidders vying for exquisite designs consigned from prominent private collections and estates. The range of offerings includes stylish jewelry for garden lunches to glittering statement pieces perfect for the red carpet. Founded in New York in 1810, Black, Starr & Frost is the oldest continuously operating jewelry firm in the United States.

Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch
Patek Philippe, 1981
Estimate: $150,000 – $250,000
Auction Date: December 6, New York

Sotheby’s New York will offer a fine selection of vintage and modern timepieces in their upcoming Important Watches sale. This season will showcase important and rare timepieces from prestigious brands, including this Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 3450, with moon phases and red dot leap-year indication; vintage stainless steel and gold chronograph wristwatches by Rolex; and modern complicated and special-edition wristwatches by Hublot.

18K Gold, Enamel-Dial Wristwatch With Bracelet
Patek Philippe, 1955
Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
Auction Date: December 4, New York

This Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2526, signed and retailed by Gübelin, is part of Bonhams’ The Art of Time auction. It features its original 18-karat gold D-type brick guilloche Gay Frères bracelet. Considered one of the finest and over-engineered automatic movements ever made, the 12-600 AT was Patek Philippe’s first foray into the automatic movement world. Jonathan Snellenburg, director, watches and clocks, for Bonhams New York, says: “I feel that the current and future strength of the collectors’ watch market is in pieces like this, in other words, rare vintage watches in unusually fine condition.”

Lyon & Turnbull
18K Gold, Ruby and Diamond Set Lady’s Wristwatch
Rolex, c. 1995
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000
Auction Date: November 15, London

This Oyster Perpetual Datejust lady’s wristwatch, Ref. 69298, by Rolex, has a bezel and hour indicators set with diamonds, a ruby crystal face and a bracelet set with rubies and diamonds. The piece is part of Lyon & Turnbull’s Select Jewellery & Watches auction, which also features exquisite bracelets, pendants, rings and earrings.

Russian Cockerel-Form Presentation Cup, 1882-99
Auction Date: October 17
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
Final Selling Price: $33,800
“Melancholy III,” 1902
Edvard Munch (1863–1944)
Auction Date: October 23-24
Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000
Final Selling Price: $468,500

“Artist, Mind, Studio,” 1994
Viola Frey (1933–2004)
Auction Date: October 25
Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000
Final Selling Price: $72,500

Doyle New York
“Kachina Dolls,” 1986
Andy Warhol (1928–1987)
Auction Date: November 1
Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000
Final Selling Price: $25,000

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