This Patek Philippe Just Sold for $7.8M at Auction
It was the top lot of Phillips and Bacs & Russo’s recent white glove sale.
Most notable of the 223 lots sold was the rare Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 with “Eurasia” dial circa 1953, which sold for $7.8 million, double its pre-sale estimate.
The yellow gold wristwatch, pictured at top of article, features a cloisonné enamel dial.
In total, The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII sold 100 percent by value and 100 percent by lot, achieving $42.3 million.
Other highlights included a Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 570, which went for 16 times its pre-sale estimate for $3.66 million.
A set of four Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 from the first, second, third and fourth series, meanwhile, achieved a total of $6.3 million.
A Richard Mille Ref. RM022 limited-edition red quartz dual-time wristwatch sold for more than its pre-sale estimate, earning $839,000.
According to Phillips, it’s the most a wristwatch from a British watchmaker has ever garnered at auction.
Bacs & Russo Senior Consultant Aurel Bacs and Head of Watches Alexandre Ghotbi compared the 10-hour long auction to the 90th minute of a World Cup Final with “pulse-racing bidding.”
They attributed the auction’s success to record pre-sale inquiries, website visits, attendance at the international traveling exhibition and online auction participation.
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