Many of us have seen and heard the auctioneer’s hammer crash down on the final bid of a famous well-fought-over item. What interests Chris Malburg – apart from the artifact itself – is the seller. Why the sale? Is this is a one-off event or does he or she have more to offer? What brought them to this hammer time? This article explores motives for and provides expert advice on selling a watch at auction.
On the set of ‘Apocalypse Now’ Marlon Brando said, “If they’re looking at my watch, then I’m not doing my job as an actor.” The filmmakers let him wear the Rolex GMT-Master he was set on wearing, but he removed the bezel, resulting in the unique-looking timepiece closely associated with the Colonel Kurtz character. And now that watch is up for auction at Phillips.
George Daniels’ first Space Traveller, which is one of the most famous pieces of the late Erivan Haub’s tremendous collection, hit the auction block on July 2, 2019 as part of Sotheby’s Masterworks of Time. The definitive highlight of the first of the four auction segments, it hammered for an astounding $4,561,407/£3,615,000.
Elizabeth Doerr highlights George Daniels’ first Space Traveller, which is one of the most famous pieces of the late Erivan Haub’s tremendous collection, which is slated to hit the auction block as Sotheby’s Masterworks of Time. It is bound to be the highlight of the first of the four auction segments kicking off in London in July 2019.
The belle of the ball at the Julien’s Auctions sale of Burt Reynolds’ belongings will undoubtedly be the last Pontiac Trans Am that the actor personally owned. But there are also a few watches that might interest, including a Panerai Luminor Marina.
Kruse GWS Auctions’ Artifacts of Hollywood & Music auction is set to take place on May 11, 2019. The online-only auction comprises memorabilia from musical icons such Beyonce and Frank Sinatra and Hollywood actors like Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe. And two two wristwatches purchased by Elvis Presley as gifts.
As our regular readers know by now, GaryG and a few watch pals have made it a regular practice to trek to Geneva for each year’s November watch auction weekend, do some bidding, and perhaps return home with a treasure or two. This year was no exception, but with the bonus of him being a jury member of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève as well. Here Gary shares how it all played out.
Phillips Watch Auction: EIGHT takes place November 10-11, 2018 in Geneva, and there are no less than eight rare watches by independent watchmakers that are well worth looking into. These include F.P. Journe, Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter, Mr. Daniel Roth, Richard Daners, Laurent Ferrier, and De Bethune.
In June 2018 Phillips auction house in conjunction with Bacs and Russo announced it would be auctioning a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 given to stuntman Loren James by actor Steve McQueen. Following Quill & Pad’s Nick Gould highlighting a few serious anomalies regarding the details of this Rolex’s provenance, Phillips now releases a statement announcing the removal of it from the fall 2018 auction.
On October 4, 2018 in New York, Sotheby’s will auction a vast collection of items from Robin Williams and his second wife Marsha Williams, including artworks, film memorabilia . . . and 44 wristwatches belonging to Williams, including Panerai, Ikepod, Doxa, and Franck Muller models. Nick Gould highlights a few that caught his eye from a variety of watch genres.