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Christie’s May Auction

May 30, 2009 by Administrator 

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Thomas Mulier in Geneva reports for Bloomberg.com that Christie’s auction house raised 15.1 million Swiss francs ($14 million) in a watch auction in Geneva yesterday, after a rival Sotheby’s auction missed the low end of its estimated range. The top lot was a pre-owned Patek Philippe watch with a calendar that automatically adjusts to leap years that sold for $1.8 million, according to the London-based auctioneer.

The entire sale was estimated to raise 8.9 million francs to 12.8 million francs. A Sotheby’s auction of timepieces in the same Swiss city on May 10 raised 3.75 million francs, missing the low end of the sale’s estimated range by about 50,000 francs.

Christie’s sold a brass telescope given to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800 as he traveled via Geneva to join a battle in Genoa for 147,000 francs, about triple its top estimate. The auction house also sold a Breguet carriage clock originally made for the Queen of Naples for 723,000 francs, exceeding its high estimate. It will be displayed in the Breguet museum, according to Aurel Bacs, co-head of Christie’s global watch unit.

Estimates don’t include the buyer’s premium, reports Mulier, which for Christie’s were 25 percent of the price for the first 60,000 francs, 20 percent from there to 1.2 million francs, and 12 percent of any amount in excess of that.

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