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Christie’s December Watches sales total $7.7 million, American Icons 100% sold

New York – WEBWIRE

Important Watches and American Icons

Live auction total: $6,206,750

Christie’s Watches Online: A Horological Holiday

Online auction total: $1,520,125

Christie’s Important Watches and American Icons  live auction totaled $6,206,750. Combined, both live and online sales achieved a total of $7,726,875.

The top lot of the live sale was the highly-complicated and exceptional Patek Philippe reference 5016P, that sold for $471,000. Other notable results included an exceptionally rare Patek Philippe reference 3450, retailed by Tiffany & Co., which sold for $350,000, as well as an extremely fine and very rare stainless Rolex reference 6264, ‘’Musketeer Paul Newman’’, that realized $200,000.

The dedicated section of American Icons was 100% sold, which featured the paired lot of two pocket watches belonging to Ernest Hemingway and Charles C. Ritz, that sold for more than double the estimate achieving $43,750; the two Patek Philippe timepieces formerly belonging to the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, with the Ref. 3940 selling for $81,250 and the Ref. 3445 realizing $62,500; and a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe gold, enamel, and platinum watch in the form of a backpack, dated 1876, created for Elbert E. Farman, that sold for $62,500.

The concurrent sale of Christie’s Watches Online: A Horological Holiday  closed on December 10 and totaled $1,50,1250.  The top lot of the online sale was a Patek Philippe, 18K World Time Enamel Dial, ref. 5131G, which sold for $100,000.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

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