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Rolex Sets Record

June 28, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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National Jeweler has published an article covering the sale of watches and memorabilia from the late Steve McQueen, the legendary actor who rose to fame during the 1960s in films such as Bullitt and The Great Escape. The McQeen stash was among the pieces that inspired serious bidding at Antiquorum’s summer auction in New York City.

The June 11 auction brought in a total of $5,706,324, reports National Jeweler, with McQueen’s vintage Rolex, Ref. 5512, fetching an impressive $234,000, which was twenty times its estimate and a world record for that reference.

A total of 81 percent of the 416 timepieces in the summer auction were sold by lot and 122 percent were sold by value. Bids came in from across the globe, including from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, France and Romania. In addition to the telephone, room and commission bidders, 478 bidders competed via the Internet.

Among the additional McQueen pieces featured in the sale were the actor’s Scott Super Squirrel motorcycle painted by Von Dutch, which sold for $276,000, double its estimate, and the Heuer “Monaco” he wore in the 1971 racing film Le Mans, which sold for a world record $87,600.

Other watches that sold for impressive amounts included Patek Philippe’s rose gold Ref. 5004 and pink gold Ref. 5970, which sold for $252,000 and $132,000, respectively, as well as Patek’s “Limited Edition Annual Calendar with Silicon Escape Wheel,” Ref. 5250G, which fetched a record $138,000.

Rolex’s “Double Red Sea Dweller,” retailed by Cartier, sold for $91,200, and Ref. 6239, a stainless steel “Paul Newman Daytona” attained $84,000, while the “Pro-Hunter Black-Carbon Daytona” sold for $42,000.

In addition, A. Lange and Sohne’s “Pour Le Merite” sold for $156,000, and Jaeger-LeCoulte’s “Platinum Master Minute Repeater,” sold for $126,000.

Rat Pack Watches On Auction

May 30, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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England’s The Telegraph reports that pre-owned watches from “Rat Pack” icons Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are soon to be sold at auction. Sammy Davis’s Cartier Pasha was given to him by Sinatra and is inscribed “Sammy I Luv Ya F. A. S.”. Sinatra’s 14 carat pink gold Gruen timepiece was given to him by Al Silvani, a friend often pictured with the Rat Pack performers in the 1960s. Read more

Ghandi’s Zenith Pocket Watch Sold at NY Auction

March 25, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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JCK Online reports that Mahatma Gandhi’s pocket watch and personal belongings realized just under $2.1 million as part of the Antiquorum Auctioneers sale of Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks, held March 4 and 5 in New York.

The auction as a whole took in $8.7 million. More than 500 online bidders, in addition to room and telephone bidders, bought modern and vintage watches at 142 percent of their low estimate resulting in 75 percent of all lots sold, the auction said in a statement. Gandhi’s pocket watch, sandals, glasses, bowl, and thali were sold for $2.096 million to what the auction house described as a “prominent Indian businessman who intends is to bring the items back to India for permanent public display.”

“Despite continued global economic concern, we have achieved tremendous results for our first auction of 2009,” said Evan Zimmermann, Antiquorum president and chief executive officer.

Antiquorum is pleased that the objects attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest spiritual and political leaders of the 20th-century, will be returning to India, added Robert Maron, Antiquorum chairman. “We know that this was the hope of the Indian people, as well as many others around the world.”

The auction also included a watch belonging to both U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis. Known as the Kennedy Onassis watch, it is the only known item connecting JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Aristotle Onassis. It fetched $120,000.

Another watch of great significance in the sale was the Patek Philippe Henry Grave’s platinum minute repeater, which sold for $630,000. The watch belonged to the late Henry Graves Jr. who inspired Patek Philippe to create some of its most complicated watches to date.

In addition, the “Giuseppe Bonanno” 1950’s Patek Philippe watch sold for sold for $36,000. Bonanno was an original member of the “Commission” whose purpose was to establish rule by consensus amongst the New York crime families and is thought to be the inspiration for the character of Vito Corleone in Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.”

Several other Patek Philippe timepieces achieved excellent results, including: The Ref. 5016 in yellow gold, lot 536, fetched $ 494,000; the “TV Watch” in white gold, Ref. 5020 (lot 526), sold for $180,000; the Ref. 3970 in white gold (lot 525) attained $ 108,000; and the yellow gold “Celestial” wristwatch (lot 120), which sold for $186,000.

An Audemars Piguet watch, the “End of Days,” (lot 435) sold for $ 42,000. A Cartier Art deco desk alarm clock sold for $32,400, three times its’ pre-sale estimate.

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Do you have a mechanical timepiece or used watch that you are looking to sell in San Diego? If so, read this article before approaching a buyer: San Diego Tips: Selling Your Used Watch.

iGavel.com Now Auctioning Vintage Jewelry & Watches

December 10, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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San Diego holiday shoppers should take note that iGavel (a leader in online auctions) is currently hosting an online jewelry auction. As we are now in a buyer’s market, iGavel has worked with many of its consigners to lower estimates and reserves in order to have a successful auction. Therefore, this is a great time to purchase jewelry at prices that are more reasonable than have been seen in years.

The auction includes a varied selection of vintage and designer jewelry. Recent highlights have included a 3 carat sapphire and diamond ring, estimated at $1,200-$1,800 with a starting bid of $800; a Diamond, Gold and Pearl Convertible Brooch or Pendant, estimated at $2,500-$3,500, with a starting bid of $1,800; and an Antique 14K White Gold, Emerald and Diamond Pierced Work Horizontal Brooch, with the emerald under 2 carats, and diamonds totaling close to four carats. This piece is estimated at $3,000-$5,000, with a starting bid of $1,995.

The watches included in the iGavel auction are often exceptional. Over the past ten days, items have included a Bovet, Fleurier, Enamel and Gold Open Face Key-wind Watch for the Chinese Market, 19th Century, estimated at $500-$700, with a starting bid of $250; a Gold and Enamel Keywind Watch, Just & Son, London, 19th Century, Estimated at $800-$1,200, with a starting bid of $500. Also included is a Gold Cartier Ladies Watch, Paris, late 20th century, from a private South American collector. This piece is estimated at $2,000-$3,000, with a starting bid of only $900.

Check out iGavel.com to see if these items are still up for auction, and to discover what other new jewelry and watches have been placed up for bidding.

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Shoppers in San Diego take note that a huge stash of gold coins, jewelry, and other gold items are soon going to be up for sale. Read the details about the auction at: Treasure Trove to be Auctioned.

Selling & Loan Guide For Consumers: Jewelry, Diamonds, Gold, & Watches

September 18, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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**The United States has over 12,000 businesses that buy and sell used jewelry, watches, and diamonds. Not all are the same. When deciding on whom to entrust with your fine jewelry transaction, be selective, do research, and choose only those businesses that specialize and understand the current jewelry market. Read more

Catherine The Great’s Pearl Necklace?

September 10, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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A mysterious pearl necklace that may have once belonged to Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, is this week’s featured jewel. Automotive billionaire Horace Elgin Dodge purchased the necklace from Cartier in Paris in 1920 for his wife Anna Thomson Dodge at the astonishing price of $825,000 – about $8 million in today’s dollars.

The original Cartier invoice states that the “five row pearl necklace, consisting of 389 pearls weighing 4305 grains” was accompanied by an “enamel clasp representing Catherine, Empress of Russia” and “two diamond alternate clasps.” Several newspaper accounts from the ’20s suggested that the pearls did indeed once belong to Catherine; Anna Thomson Dodge’s heirs maintain that Horace bought the pearls from Cartier on that basis.

Now reduced to three strands comprised of 224 pearls and two Cartier diamond clasps, the necklace (above) is estimated at $500,000- $700,000 – a hefty sum, to be sure, but far less than Horace originally paid. The reason for the depreciation has less to do with the reduction in strands than with changing fashion and an evolving jewelry marketplace.

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Come to the San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop Report for all your news on watch and jewelry auctions. Read articles like this: Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction Expects $64 M.

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction Expects $64 M

September 9, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Rapaport reports that Sotheby’s Hong Kong will conduct its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite 2008 Autumn Sale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 7, 2008. Some 320 lots will be offered with an estimated total value of HKD500 million ($64 million.)

The highlight of the sale is a fancy vivid yellow diamond necklace with an estimated value of $7.4 million to $9.5 million, featuring a 102.56-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond (pictured.) It has a flower pendant that can be detached from the necklace and worn as a brooch.

Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman and head of jewelry at Sotheby’s Asia, said, “The diamond is the largest fancy vivid yellow diamond ever to be offered at auction anywhere in the world; this extraordinary diamond, with its impressive size and auspicious golden yellow color, will be a major attraction.”

Another highlight of the sale will be a colored diamond butterfly brooch by Carvin French. The center of the brooch is set with one fancy vivid blue diamond and two fancy intense blue diamonds, weighing 5.53 carats in total. Complementing the blue hues are the vibrant yellow and pink diamonds mounted on the wings of the butterfly. (Estimated value $3.8 million to $4.6 million.)

With strong demand for top quality diamonds weighing more than 15 carats, an impressive 34.07 carat cushion-shaped D, IF, diamond ring will undoubtedly attract much attention. (Estimated value $6 million to $7 million.)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present a pair of ruby and diamond earrings by James de Givenchy for Taffin. The two unheated, natural rubies, weighing 10.02 and 10.91 carats respectively, are well-matched in both color and shape. Each surrounded by eight rose-cut pink and eight colorless round diamonds, these rubies show a fiery red hue with dazzling brilliance fascinating all connoisseurs. (Estimated value $3.8 million to $4.5 million.)

Also featured among the colored stones is a pair of star rubies, alexandrite and diamond earrings. The rubies, weighing 19.45cts and 22.13cts each, are remarkably matched in both color and shape, and boast intense hues and fine clarity. (Estimated value $666,000 to $871,000.)

A further highlight is a Colombian emerald and diamond ring without any oil treatment. This natural 10.09 carat emerald boasts high clarity and a saturated color. It is embellished by 10 round diamonds, emphasizing the magnificence of the noble green color.

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If you are a San Diego resident who is a collector of fine jewelry from brands like Tiffany and Cartier, then you’ll want to read this article about how Vintage Jewelry is a Popular Investment.

Vintage Jewelry Becoming a Popular Investment

September 6, 2008 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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Rare vintage jewels are increasingly popular investments to protect against rising inflation and economic uncertainty, and Art Deco designs are commanding the most attention from collectors. “There are a lot of people now with jewels in their safes for a rainy day,” said Carol Woolton, jewelry editor of British Vogue, a top fashion and lifestyle magazine. Read more

Skinner Announces Highlights of Upcoming Auction

September 2, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, has announced highlights of its upcoming fine jewelry auction. The auction, which takes place on September 16th in Skinner’s Boston gallery, features fashions of every style – with almost 600 lots of Art Deco, Victorian, Art Nouveau and contemporary pieces. Read more

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