A total of $7.7 million for Christie’s December watches sales
Christie’s Important Watches and American Icons live auction totaled $6.2 million. Combined, both live and online sales achieved a total of $7.7 million. 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.