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5 Fine Timepieces to Buy for HIM

Whether it’s through auctions, selling exhibitions or private sales, Sotheby’s offers buyers the simplest and most reliable place to buy and sell highly valuable, unique objects. Looking for watches to buy online? Sotheby’s BidNow programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. With about 11 more days to bid, browse these five exquisite timepieces that we have selected FOR HIM.

5 Fine Timepieces For HIM (Online-Only Auction)


Estimate: CHF15,000 – CHF20,000
Current Bid:

This watch uses the calibre 4130 automatic lever movement, with a 40 mm case and black ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to 400 units. It has screw down chronograph pushers, crown and back as well as a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. The black dial features applied luminescent baton indexes, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers, including 44 jewels  to complete this version of the Rolex Daytona Circa 2016 (Reference 116500LN). Accompanied by a Rolex guarantee card, instruction booklet and presentation case.


Estimate: CHF2,000 – CHF4,000
Current Bid:

The Rolex (Reference 14270) Explorer Circa 2000 features an in-house manufactured calibre 3000 automatic lever movement, a 35 mm case, fitted with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. This version of the iconic Rolex Explorer Circa 2000 will appeal to future buyer for its simple and luxurious design. On black dial showcases 27 jewels, applied luminescent Arabic numerals and baton indexes. Overall, the dial and hands are said to be in very good condition with minor scuffs and scratches of the case and bracelet.

Lot 6: Audemars Piguet

Estimate: CHF12,000 – CHF16,000
Current Bid:

The Royal Oak Circa 2012 (Reference 26320ST.00.1220ST.01 MVT) uses calibre 2385, automatic lever movement with a 41 mm stainless steel  Royal Oak case and octagonal bezel, with caseback secured by 8 screws. The design of this Royal Oak Circa 2012 timepiece features a black tapisserie dial, showcasing 37 jewels,  applied luminescent indexes, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers, and aperture for date. It has a stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet with double folding clasp. Buyer of this watch will receive the Audemars Piguet certificate booklet, instruction manual, and a presentation case.

Lot 13: Franck Muller

Estimate: CHF4,000 – CHF6,000
Current Bid:

The 18k pink-gold Franck Muller timepiece uses an in-house manufactured calibre 2800MB (eta 2892/2) has a gold tonneau-form case with an 18k pink gold  Franck Muller buckle. This watch features an automatic centre seconds and has 21 jewels, a silvered dial with Arabic numerals and an aperture for date. The caseback is secured by 4 screws. The buyer of this exquisite timepiece will receive the Franck Muller Certificate of Origin.

Lot 14: Cartier

Estimate: CHF2,000 – CHF4,000
Current Bid:

Framed by a DLC-coated titanium square case and the bezel and caseback secured by (8 screws on each side), the watch is fitted with a DLC-coated titanium and stainless steel Cartier double folding clasp. On the black dial shows the automatic Chronograph wristwatch with registers and date reference 3104 case 184611PX Santos 100 Circa 2010. Featuring Calibre 8630, automatic movement and 27 jewels, the black dial has Roman numerals and secret signature at VII. The dial and hands are in excellent condition, with minor scuffs and scratches on the case.


Very Rare Qing Dynasty Bowl Could Fetch USD 26.5 Million

Very Rare Qing Dynasty Bowl Could Fetch USD 26.5 Million

From diamonds and handbags to ancient ceramics, Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction houses have seen some of it most exquisite items sold at record-breaking prices among Asian buyers at auctions in recent years.

This extremely rare bowl used by the Kangxi Emperor in the 1720s, could fetch a shattering price of approximately USD25.6 million at Sotheby’s when it goes on auction in Hong Kong on April 3.

“It could even surpass the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby’s said.

Measuring at 14.7 cm in diameter, the dainty pink bowl is decorated with falangcai (painted enamels combining Chinese and Western techniques) and flowers, including daffodils which are not typically depicted on Chinese porcelain.

“Definitely we will see the most important collectors of Chinese porcelain active,” deputy chairman for Sotheby’s Asia Nicolas Chow said in a preview Thursday.

“We will see quite a battle this season,” Chow added.

The bowl was created in an imperial workshop within Beijing’s Forbidden City by a small team of craftsmen, with the help of Jesuits from Europe who had brought over new techniques and materials, according to Sotheby’s.

Last year, a 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty sold for US$37.7 million, setting a record for Chinese ceramics.

That sale surpassed the previous record of $36.05 million set in 2014 for a Ming Dynasty wine cup which was snapped up by a Shanghai tycoon famous for making eye-watering bids.

(Source: AFP)

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

This 14th of just 19 tailor-made 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato with a chassis number 0186 is unquestionably an attractive iteration, taking cue after the vaunted DB4. During its racing career, the Zagato has been honoured with awards at numerous European and American concours events. After it went through a restoration by marque specialist Richard Williams and Carrozzeria Zagato, the DB4GT Zagato was delivered new to its first lucky owner and a very successful businessman in Australia, who had a penchant for car racing. Moreover, he owned a handful of grand prix cars.

Boasting a slightly elongated shark-like nose, the tail lights of the Zagato were set into the fenders. The C-pillar was reduced by featuring a larger rear windshield. Under the hood, the DB4GT is powered by 314bhp, 3,670cc DOHC twin-plug alloy inline six-cylinder engine.

There’s the triple Weber 45DCOE carburetors, four-speed synchromemesh alloy-cased manual transmission with overdrive, front and rear coil-spring suspension, and four–wheel Girling hydraulic disc brakes, as well as a wheelbase size of 95-inch.

While the DB4GT was already a highly attractive automobile, the Zagato coachwork brought out the voluptuous appeal of the Aston Martin, smoothing out the harder edges in favour of a more dynamic and fluid shape. Changes were more than just skin deep, as Zagato and Aston Martin also endeavoured to make this car faster than its standard brethren, reducing nearly 50kg of weight and adding 12 horsepower to the total output.

More details on the car model can be found at RM Sotheby’s. The next auction will take place on Amelia’s Island in Florida on March 10. Visit the site to view more cars available for bidding.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra in Midnight Blue

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra in Midnight Blue

Bearing the car serial number CSX2135, the stunning 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 listed for sale is finished in Mercedes midnight blue with black leather, rack and pinion car with roll bar, side pipes, Webers and Halibrands at an estimated cost of $167,500.

Prior to this, Shelby had gone through several hats and received different paint styles in White Lucite, including five new 6-inch painted wire wheels installed, with new carpets, soft top, side curtains and seat belts; a new windshield, rear bumper overriders and mufflers, all at an estimated cost of $1,125.

The CSX2135 was purchased by Milton Janzen of San Francisco in 1989, and the owner commenced a restoration that included refinishing the Cobra in Dark Blue paint with a contrasting Saddle leather interior and fitting Weber downdraft carburetors and PSE reproduction Halibrand 6-spoke knock-off wheels. In June 1993 the car was purchased by John Duffield of Bakersfield, who changed the upholstery to Black.

After remaining California for 35 years, Cobra found a new home in the hands of Jim Carrolo of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, who bought it as a regular driver. In 2006 the original 289 HiPo engine was replaced by a 347 CI “fun motor” and the 289 was placed in proper storage.

Today CSX2135 is presented in beautifully pristine condition, completely ready for its new home with a committed Shelby Cobra enthusiast. The original 289 CI engine as well as a set of 5.5-inch Shelby knock-off wire wheels are included with this exceptional and rare early rack-and-pinion demonstration Cobra.

Browse for more cars on auction at the following website: www.mecum.com

7 Luxury Pieces Up For Grabs at the Paris Ritz Furniture Auction


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Andy Warhol: Apple’s Classic Macintosh Logo to Auction

Andy Warhol Ads Portfolio, 1985 to sell at Auction

Woodshed Art Auctions will be putting up a gouache painting on paper for auction starting February 1. The artwork features Apple’s classic Macintosh logo designed by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Measuring 8 by 8 inches and surrounded by a 16.5 by 16.5 inches frame, with Warhol’s signature on the front and back, the painting is said to be in “very good condition” with archival corners and no adhesives touching.

Some of the iconic pieces in the original Ads Series by the late artist were inspired by fashion, movies, technology, of which Warhol had turned those every day production works into colourful imagery. Pictured above, the imagery includes Paramount, Blackglama (Judy Garland), Rebel without a Cause (James Dean), Chanel, The New Spirit (Donald Duck), Life Savers, Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan), Mobil, and Volkswagen.

This Warhol’s Ad painting is estimated to fetch a price between $20,000 to $30,000 with the starting bid at $5,000.

Live Bidding begins Feb 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM EST on Woodshed Art Auctions website.

Johnny Hallyday’s 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C to Auction

The 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C is estimated to go on sale between €2,500,000 and €3,000,000 at RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018 on February 7. Formerly owned by Johnny Hallyday, also dubbed the French ‘Elvis Presley’ by Financial Times, Hallyday was a popular French rock star and model. For some, it might be worth waiting for…

Johnny Hallyday’s 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C to Auction

In the photographs (above), Hallyday was pictured in and around the car, with Parisian temporary registration 7381 WW 75, in Paris, France, in late 1964 and early 1965.

During Hallyday’s reign, he sold more than 100 million record sales in his 50-year career and appeared in more than 30 films. A large part of his commercial success were attributed to his ability to interpret the rock and roll classics in French for a French audience. And if the French adored him, it is precisely because he represented a fantasy of America: successful, fast, furious and yet vulnerable. In other words, heroic.

Made by Carrozzeria Sports Cars of Piero Drogo in Modena, the Iso Grifo A3/Cs has delivered two consecutive wins at Le Mans in 1964 and 1965. Constructed using duralumin that were, too, used in aviation applications, the body exterior of this A3/Cs allowed the car to be exceptionally lightweight, tipping the scales at 969 kg.

Of the eighth of 10 such examples built in 1964, only a few did survive and come to the market. Known from history, when the car model was sold to a buyer in 2009, as per French regulation, performed on 21 February 2009, and at that time the car displayed only 25,484 km, believed to be original.

After Hallyday’s ownership, the car was sold in 1992 and the new owner got the car re-sprayed in ‘Ferrari Red’ and displayed the car in his museum, Manoire de l’Automobile in Loéhac, Brittany, France with a car plate number 728 GFS 75, even though it had never been registered with this number.

Still retaining its original interior, it was bought by Pascal Perrier in 2012 before its acquisition by the current owner in 2014. At the 2017 Chantilly Concours, it was exhibited in the Great Musicians’ Cars class, where it garnered the ‘Special Award.’

Today, these early ‘riveted’ Iso Grifo A3/Cs are highly coveted as only a handful did actually survive and seldom come to market, according to the auction house. Chassis number B 0209 is especially appealing as it has always been in France, with unbroken provenance back to the first owner, one of France’s most beloved figures.

Visit RM Sotheby’s for more details on the bid.

Corvette Roadster de 1961 for Sale

Mark your calendar this coming February as British auction house, Bonhams will be holding a prestigious annual auction at the Grand Palais in Paris. The auction house will put up no fewer than 135 collectors’ cars for sale dating from 1904 to 2017.

Especially this unique 1961 Corvette car model purchased at a charity event, carries the signatures of some 20 Hollywood’s biggest stars of the moment on the dashboard is set to take centre stage at the auction. It is estimated to sell between €85,000 and €120,000.

20 Hollywood Stars have signed the dashboard of this unique Corvette Roadster: Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Orlando Bloom, Adrien Brody, Matt Damon, Benicio Del Toro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hardy, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon

To catch one final glimpse of this Corvette Roadster before it is passed into the hands of a new owner, visit the French capital’s Grand Palais exhibition centre from February 7-8, before the sale starts at 2pm.

In addition to the Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, several cars are also going out on display, such as a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400/S (estimated at €1.2-€1.4 million), a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Tourist Trophy Torpedo (€780,000-€1.3M) and a 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SLS (€900,000-€1.2M). These car models are speculated to surpass the symbolic one million euro mark.

The Bonhams “Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais” auction is held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Grand Palais, Paris.

For more information on the Corvette Roadster and other car models for sale or to get in touch, please visit bonhams.com.

1951 Chevrolet Styleline Convertible

1951 Chevrolet Styleline Convertible featured in “The Hunter”

Offered by Barrett-Jackson: 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona auction sale, here’s your chance to bid for the car before the deal ends on 21 January, 2018. This 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible in pale yellow finish was driven frequently by Hollywood’s legendary Steve McQueen in the final movie of his memorable career “The Hunter”.

Steve McQueen in Bullitt, 1968 | Image courtesy of REX

Right after the completion of the filming McQueen bought it over and added it to his personal car inventory. At Detroit’s Motor Show, the 1968 green “Bullitt” Ford Mustang, driven by the same actor in a chase scene in a classic 1968 movie, is on display. The actor tried to buy it from Bullitt twice, but was an unsuccessful battle.

However, for this Styeline, today, it features the important original factory specifications and the buyer of this car model will see that it has an older restoration, and it is said that the paint exhibited some flaws as would be anticipated with a restoration of this age. Under the bonnet, the Styleline convertible is powered by a 6-cylinder engine with 92 horsepower and 3-speed manual transmission with column-mounted shift.

This pale yellow Styleline is documented by the original McQueen Certificate of Authenticity to prove that the car was once owned by film star Steve McQueen and the same car had been put up for sale at the actor’s estate auction held in Las Vegas, in 1984. In addition to its history, the document was not only signed by the actors children Terry and Chad,  the Styleline also came out in the 2007 book McQueens Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone.


*The descriptions of this vehicle will be provided exclusively by the consignor. Barrett-Jackson does not make representations or warranties about vehicles offered for sale at auction. To bid for the car, please visit Barrett-Jackson to make enquiries.

Portrait of Picasso’s ‘Golden Muse’ to go on Auction

Pablo Picasso – A vivid, poignant and intense image of his ‘golden muse’ Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

One of Pablo Picasso’s defining portrait “La Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter)” will  lead the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, held on February 28 in London.

Held by auction house Sotheby’s, the portrait is offered at auction for the very first time and is one of Picasso’s muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter, his “Golden Muse.” The painting was completed in 1937, a year during which Picasso also painted his monumental masterpiece “Guernica”.

The former belongs to a prolific period of the artist’s career in which his relationship with Marie-Thérèse was complicated by his falling in love with Dora Maar, providing the impetus for a stream of portraits of both of his lovers, according to a statement by the auction house.

“With such a strong appetite for Picasso’s work from across the globe, this defining portrait from a pivotal year in the oeuvre of the most globally recognised artist is the perfect piece to headline our first major auction season of 2018,” commented Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department & Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe.

She added that “It is all the more remarkable to be able to offer a painting of this calibre that has never been seen on the market before.”

The painting will go on display from January 30 to February 2 in Hong Kong, February 6 to 7 in Taipei, February 12 to 14 in New York before going on showcase in London from February 22 to 28.

An exhibition themed on Pablo Picasso’s work in the year 1932, “The Ey Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy” opens March 8 at London’s Tate Modern.

Click here to view other artworks offered at the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale.

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina

Made from 1951 to 1953, just 78 examples of the 212 Inter were manufactured; 26 of the final 29 cars received the EU chassis designation as Europas. The 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe offered (estimated cost of $1.3 million to $1.6 million) here was the third of 11 such coupes built by Pinin Farina and the 15th from final car built on the 212 platform.

This Ferrari 212 Europa was completed in late 1952 and was used by the company for exhibition, including the Turin Motor Show in 1953. The 212 was reportedly the first Ferrari to have scored 100 points at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and had been the recipient of numerous FCA awards, made multiple appearances at the Cavallino Classic and featured in Prancing Horse, Cavallino as well as Forza.

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina

Following its display, the car was sold and had come into the possession of a private owner, Paris resident Pierre Guilherme. Under the hood, the fully restored 212 includes a 170 bhp, SOHC V12 engine with five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and parallel trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and wheelbase of 102.4-inch.

*Internet bidding is not available for this lot. Interested parties that are unable to attend the sale may register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com.

Tucker’s Tucker 48 Up for Auction

Tucker’s Tucker number 48, with the chassis number 1029 up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix 2018

The Tucker 48 was one of the surviving examples of the 51 cars ever built by the manufacturer, and “47 of them are still around,” according to AFP Relaxer “and partly because of its very special pedigree.”

This Preston Tucker’s Tucker number 48, with the chassis number 1029 was a family owned car and it had also made an appearance in the 1988 Francis Ford Coppola film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” which starred Jeff Bridges.

The Tucker fastback sedan had also gone through the hands of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, who served as the governor of Arkansas between 1967 and 1971.

The Tucker has been privately owned since 2004. At one stage, it was owned by Jack Bar, before it was repainted sometime in the 1970s or 1980s and reupholstered.

Other than that, the car is said to be intact, original, and generally very well cared-for. It is believed it has just 19,199 miles on the clock.

“It is, in every way, the ultimate Tucker automobile.” – RM Sotheby’s said of the car.

Sold at 2017 Arizona auction sales – 1948 Tucker 48

The 1948 Tucker 48 sold at 2017 Arizona auction sales

Interior view of the 1948 Tucker 48

Along with the early or rare models from major brands such as Aston Martin and Ferrari sold at Arizona auction sale in 2017, the 1948 Tucker 48 was a recent “barn find,” unseen for 33 years. It was sold for over $13 million, offered from the personal collection of a marque specialist.

The surviving examples are among the most valuable and desirable American cars ever built by the manufacturer. According the RM Sotheby’s, “they often draw the most attention and crowds to any museum, including such venerable halls as the Henry Ford, the Petersen Automotive Museum, the National Automobile Museum, and the Nethercutt Museum, or at which the cars are displayed.

“The Tucker fastback sedan are the trophies of renowned collectors who consider their fleets of Duesenbergs, Isottas, and Ferraris simply otherwise incomplete without The Car of Tomorrow.”

Tucker’s Tucker number 48, with the chassis number 1029 up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix 2018

At the upcoming 19th annual Arizona sale at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, running from January 18–19, here’s your chance to buy a Tucker, which is undergoing the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction. This Tucker is expected to go for somewhere between $1.25 million and $1.5 million and it will be sold with no reserve.

For more details on the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona auction 2018, please visit here.

A 1954 Plymouth Concept Car to Look Out for in 2018

Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

This 1954 Plymouth Belmont concept could be yours if you were to win the bid at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in Arizona. For the last 46 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions.

Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, there will be many other rare and classic cars going under hammer. But this car example is unique that’s because it never went into production since it made last appearance at the 1954 New York Auto Show.

A lot of concepts displayed at the motor show are often seen as promising and innovative, but very few of those concepts were close to being production-ready models. In fact, this curvaceous 1954 roadster is purely a one-off, which was once owned by famed Chrysler designer, Virgil Exner.

A 1954 Plymouth Concept Car to Look Out for in 2018

Under the elongated hood, the 1954 roadster features a 241 cubic-inch V8 engine with very modest 157 horsepower and a three-speed automatic gearbox, making the car very unlikely to go as fast as it appears.

But it will certainly not deprive onlookers of the car’s incredibly stunning bodywork. Other than the shut lines of the doors and the lack of door handles to be seen, the flanks are distinctive, marked by its sweeping curves, smooth and clean lines.

It is not known how much this 1954 Plymouth concept car would cost as the price will be publicly quoted by Barrett-Jackson. Hint: there is a reserve price, so this one isn’t likely to go cheap.

The Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction will take place between January 13 and 21 in Arizona. For more information about the car auctions, please visit here.

The Priciest Cars Sold at Public Auction in 2017

The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 fetched a price value of close to USD22.6 million | Image courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Several rare cars went up for sales in 2017 and the year saw the most classic cars ever sold at groundbreaking prices, such as the 1970 Porsche 917K and 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, just to name a few.

Renowned auction house, RM Sotheby’s has recently reported a total sales figure of USD526 million achieved in 2017. The global sales figure has proven that classic cars are in demand and they still make a good investment.

Although, RM Sotheby’s never expected that a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 would fetch an eye-watering price of close to USD22.6 million during its Monterey auction, it did. That memorable event was well-remembered by auctioneers and those who were present to witness the Aston was the most expensive vehicle sold at public auction last year.

Image courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Only a few years ago, car collectors were getting their fingers burnt at auction as classic cars just weren’t fetching the kind of money they once did. Some observers even predicted that classic cars would never again be as good an investment.

However, the year-end consolidated results showed otherwise; the year saw a growth in percentage that were mainly driven by “the sale of 2,852 lots (vehicles and memorabilia) across 14 auction events, with 119 automobiles achieving prices in excess of USD1 million,” according to RM Sotheby’s.

“In all respects, 2017 represented a resounding success for RM Sotheby’s as we saw significant growth in our sales, market share, and continued positive momentum in the business despite challenging market conditions in which many major auction houses experienced declining sales.” – Kenneth Ahn, President, RM Sotheby’s

The Priciest Cars Sold at Public Auction in 2017

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione | Image courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A number of hot wheels continued to achieve exceptional prices that brought between USD14 million and USD18 million each.

These included the 1970 Porsche 917K (close to USD14.1 million), a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C (USD14.5 million), and a Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (close to USD18 million).

A more modern 1995 McLaren F1 underwent the hammer at an impressive USD15.6 million at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction.

RM Sotheby’s Group Top 10 Sales of 2017

1. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 $22,550,000 Monterey
2. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione $17,990,000 New York
3. 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta $10,043,000 Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione
4. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider $9,504,550 Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione
5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta $8,305,000 Monterey
6. 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet $7,700,000 Amelia Island
7. 2001 Ferrari F2001 $7,504,000 Sotheby’s Contemporary
8. 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype $6,765,000 Monterey
9. 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster $6,600,000 Arizona
10. 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider $5,720,000 Monterey


Among the ten most expensive auction cars this year, a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta was sold for over USD10 million. Only the LaFerrari brought in more than expected, with the majority going for prices right in the middle of their auction estimate ranges.


Steve McQueen “Le Mans” Racing Suit and Helmet Sold For $336,000

Le Mans is a 1971 film depicting a fictional 24 Hours of Le Mans race starring Steve McQueen, using real footage captured during the actual 1970 race. Starring as Michael Delaney. McQueen had not only managed to mesmerise us with his portrayal of the high octane Delany and the action packed scenes with droolworthy race cars but also has us enamoured with flashes of that bit of iconic wristwear (a TAG Heuer Monaco). In short, beyond the chronograph and the sports cars, we never really thought about the classic racing gear, that was until Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” Racing Suit and Helmet went on auction, complete with Ball helmet and Nomex fire-retardant underwear, and it sold for an eyebrow raising US$336,000.

Steve McQueen “Le Mans” Racing Suit and Helmet Sold For $336,000

Steve McQueen was no mere actor, Le Mans, a realistic feature film in the world of motorsport, was his brainchild (albeit one which was possible given his global popularity at the time). Many items from the cult movie have been auctioned, amongst the Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s, one item (aside from the TAG Heuer Monaco) achieved some notoriety: the Gulf racing suit worn by McQueen’s character Michael Delaney. The McQueen Le Mans Racing suit had never been offered for auction with matching and original Bell helmet before and how, here it was, Nomex underwear (worn by McQueen as well) included.

The provenance of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans Racing Suit and Helmet is an epic story tinged with some irony. Following the release of the movie, a promotional competition was run in the German magazine Bravo, where the consignor’s late husband entered the competition as a teenager hoping to win the headline prize, a Porsche 914. When the late owner of the McQueen Le Mans racing suit discovered that he had won the outfit (2nd prize) instead of the Porsche, he was quite disappointed and quickly stored it where it had remained for the last 46 years.

The Le Mans racing suit and helmet has been in the possession of the consignor’s family for all that time with only some light staining from age. That said, the helmet had been used as a daily motorcycle helmet for a few years where it was repainted during that period but it still features  all of the correct and original labels from Bell and the Snell Foundation.

Another point of heritage is the Le Mans racing suit featuring some light black staining on parts of the trousers, jacket, and necktie, which are synonymous with being used in a race car in the iconic movie.

This original Le Mans Hinchman jacket, replicated countless times and worn by fans all over the world in the decades since the film, still features all of its original patches, including the iconic Gulf, Firestone, and Heuer sponsorships. Offered from 46 years of single-family ownership with perfect provenance back to Steve McQueen and Le Mans, this lot represents the full Michael Delaney outfit—auctioned by RM Sothebys, the rare opportunity to acquire a tangible piece of one of the greatest automotive films contributed to the final hammered price of US$336,000.

You may have missed out on McQueen’s Le Mans Racing Suit ensemble but you can still get a custom TAG Heuer Monaco inspired by the Gulf colour way from Bamford

Bamford Watch Department is driven by a passion for engineering excellence and innovation. Inspired by the demand of their clients to wear watches that are exclusive and individual, Bamford Watch Department is among the few leading ateliers of custom bespoke watches, usually in shades of DLC black. For a few years, these modified bespoke custom DLC watches were tolerated but not endorsed till just earlier this year, LVMH watches Head Jean Claude Biver entered into a partnership agreement with the company. Today, watches like the TAG Heuer Monaco can be customised to a high degree by the owner through Bamford Watch Department.

The Limited Edition Le Mans “Gulf” Edition isn’t in stock anymore, and you could most definitely just get the movie authentic 39mm TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 but that shouldn’t stop you from creating your own Le Mans inspired Monaco chronograph.

Philips Watch Auction House Announces Sale For Spring 2018

Phillips sold the Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona in October that achieved the highest result ever for any wristwatch sold at auction.

Philips Watch Auction House Announces Sale For Spring 2018

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has announced that it will hold thematic sale in Spring 2018, called “Daytona Ultimatum”, comprising of the world’s most well-known and best-preserved wristwatch and exclusive examples of the Rolex Daytona known to exist. In the most recent auction held in October, Phillips has sold the Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona that achieved the highest result ever for any wristwatch sold at auction.

In other editions of Philip’s auction, the house saw a selection of record breaking prices, including Patek Philippe reference 2523 World-Time, sold at a staggering figure of HK$22,300,000, the highest value ever achieved for a wristwatch sold at auction in Asia.

Patek Philippe reference 1518 in stainless steel was sold in November 2016 for USD 11,112, 020, making it the highest result ever achieved for a Patek Philippe wristwatch at auction.

The history of the Rolex Daytona

The Cosmograph Daytona with what is known as the ‘Paul Newman’ dial

Launched in 1963, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona has achieved progressive success, and today, the model has become an iconic chronograph wristwatch that inspired several generations of watch enthusiasts.

Designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers, Philips mentioned in a statement that “its introduction followed Rolex’s sponsorship of the annual 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race held since 1962 – known today as the Rolex 24 at Daytona.”

With subtle changes and functional improvements over the years, the newer version of the Daytona is said to be a highly reliable chronograph and the bezel with tachymetric scale allowed drivers to perfectly measure average speeds up to 400 km per hour. While the main aesthetic features have remained consistent in terms of the watch’s strength and its initial design.

The ultimate sports watch is widely-recognised for its timeless style, superb proportions, and racing pedigree. “While few references of the Daytona have been introduced, the flurry of subtle changes seen over the course of five decades captivates the minds of collectors, with very rare and exclusive examples still being discovered today,” the auction house concluded.

The curated sale of “Daytona Ultimatum” will take place on May 12 in Geneva and it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for astute collectors around the world.

More details will be shared by the auction house in the months ahead. For more information about Philips, please visit here.

The Grand Mazarin Sold at Christie’s

My Highlight of 2017: The Grand Mazarin

A dazzling historic coloured diamond, Le Grand Mazarin, was sold at a price of CHF14,375,000 recently at Christie’s in Geneva. Christie’s described the Mazarin diamond, as a “perfect 19.07 carat pink diamond” which was a royal treasure once owned by generations of French kings, queens, emperors and empresses, before disappearing into private hands.

Jean-Marc Lunel, Senior Jewellery Specialist at Christie’s in Geneva said they received a call one day, inviting them to view “an unspecified historic diamond” in a private house in Europe. “When the client unwrapped a piece of old parcel paper to reveal this beautiful pink diamond in front of my colleagues Jessica Koers and Max Fawcett, they were completely stunned,” recalled Lunel.

This brilliantly cut diamond was sourced from an old mine, Lunel recounted, “Mesmerised, our jewellery historian Vanessa Cron began looking through old family records, tracing the diamond’s history.”

Christie’s specialist discovered the importance of the stone’s rediscovery

For Lunel, being able to hold such an important piece of French royal history in his hands was unbelievable. The specialist continued to explain why this gem would be one of the most important stones they had ever offered.

“After spending 225 years as part of the French Crown Jewels, the stone was offered in an infamous 1887 sale, which saw the royal treasury broken up and dispersed. It had not been seen at public auction since.

“Although Christie’s has previously had the privilege of selling pieces that were at one point part of the French Crown Jewels, I knew this would be one of the most important stones we had ever offered,” said Lunel.

On the day of the auction, the atmosphere was intense as the hammer finally fell at USD14, 463,493 — underlining the stone’s allure.

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450 m to Saudi Prince

Savior of the World or Salvator Mundi, a painting of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci was just sold by Christie’s for US$450 million to a Saudi Prince. Salvator Mundi depicts Jesus in Renaissance garb with raised right hand and crystal orb in the palm of his left, it was da Vinci’s way of communicating the Lord’s role as savior of men (crossed fingers) and master of universe, holding “heaven” in the left hand.

Long thought to be lost, Savior of the World was eventually recovered in 2005 by a consortium of dealers who found a heavily “restored” version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi which had been so overpainted that it looked like a cheap copy, selling for less than US$10,000. It was eventually properly restored by NYU’s Dianne Dwyer Modestini and exhibited at the National Gallery in London from 2011 to 2012.

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci sold for US$450 million

The famed painting of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci has been bought and sold over the years. In 2013 by Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier for just over US$75 million at a private sale brokered by Sotheby’s. It was eventually en-sold to Russian collector Dimtry Rybolovelev before going on tour to Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and New York where it was eventually sold at Christie’s for US$450,312,500. Though some mystery surrounded the purchaser, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was eventually identified by the Wall Street Journal as true buyer following initial reports that it was Prince Bader (who only served as an intermediary). It is the highest ever auctioned for a work of art, the last record being held by Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers (version O) for US$179.4 million. The highest known sale price was previously held by Willem de Kooning’s US$300 million Interchange, obviously both records have been broken.

The purchase comes at a time while Prince Salman is the midst of a corruption crackdown that is seeking to recover US$100 billion in “misplaced” wealth which has led to arrests of several high profile princes and senior officials.

The exclusive painting of Christ by da Vinci, also happens to be the last of his works, will be making its way to Louvre Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi museum is the first outside Paris to carry the Lourve name, given the global repute of the brand, playing home to da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is a real coup for the brand-new museum. Considered to be the first ‘universal museum’ in the Arab world, the Lourve Abu Dhabi is one of three museums planned on the Emirati region.

RM Sotheby’s Unveiled Jaguar D-Type Ahead of Arizona Sale Next Year

1954 Jaguar D-Type Works | Image courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s Unveiled Jaguar D-Type Ahead of Arizona Sale Next Year

RM Sotheby’s third Manhattan ICONS “A Life of Luxury” opened its doors to the public on Nov 30 at Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters ahead of the auction held on Dec 6. A large showcase of thirty-two cars and a selection of collectibles went on public sale. The inaugural Life of Luxury Week ICONS sale is part of Sotheby’s, presenting offering clients and enthusiasts an unparalleled experience as well as the very best in jewellery, watches, wine, fashion and cars.

Honouring the cutting-edge automotive design

During the auction, RM Sotheby’s legendary stirling Moss’ Le Mans 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works (OKV 2) made an appearance for the company’s 2018 Arizona sale. The specially-curated exhibits ICONS presented 31 iconic automobiles from the world’s most admired marques, from the Classic Era through today’s most advanced hypercars. Along with other selection of automotive collectibles and art, these vintage cars made up a huge part of the auction:

  • an alloy-bodied 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione which claimed 5th overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (Est. $14/17 million);
  • the very first Jaguar C-Type
  • imported to the United States and raced to victory by Phil Hill (Est. $5.5/7 million);
  • the 1952 Chrysler d’Elegance “idea car” with Italian coachwork by Ghia, an influential landmark in transatlantic design (Est. $900k/1.1 million);
  • an unmistakable 1960 Volkswagen Deluxe ‘23-Window’ Microbus, an iconic favorite of young and old (Est. $150/225,000, without reserve);
  • a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, both the final prototype and first production Daytona (Est. $1.4/1.7 million);
  • a wild 1990 Lamborghini LM002, one of 60 U.S.-delivery examples of the high performance SUV known as the “Rambo Lambo” (Est. $400/500,000);
  • a 2000 BMW Z8 originally owned by the late visionary Apple founder, Steve Jobs (Est. $300/$400,000, without reserve);
  • a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 53-mile example of the most advanced street Ferrari ever built (Est. $3.25/3.75 million); and,
  • a 2018 Bugatti Chiron (estimate $3.5/4 million), the very first example ordered for the U.S. market (Est. $3.5/4 million).

Throughout the Life of Luxury week exhibition at Sotheby’s, the D-Type went on public viewing alongside 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano as part of the A Century of Sports Cars Collection (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,750,000).

Several cars to display at Arizona Sales on Jan 18-19, 2018

Shining the spotlight on the 1954 Jaguar D-Type raced by the factory team at Le Mans, chassis no. XKD 403 (registration mark OKV 2), which will be the first of the featured cars to lead both RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix and the entire Arizona car week.

“OKV 2 remains one of the most raced and most original D-Types in existence, retaining its factory tub, chassis, drivetrain, and suspension. The Jaguar is expected to bring in excess of $12,000,000 when it crosses the podium in January.” – RM Sotheby’s

The D-Types presented an exhaustively documented and continuous history from the moment it came out of Jaguar’s Coventry factory in 1954. Visitors will get a glimpse of the OKV 2, which led the race with a new speed record of 172.97 mph on the Mulsanne just before it ran into brake problems; it was also Jaguar’s designated lead team car for Le Mans in 1954, piloted by Sir Stirling Moss and Peter Walker. In addition, OKV 2 went on to make history throughout 1954 on the Reims in the hands of Moss/Walker, and the Dundrod Tourist Trophy with drivers Peter Whitehead and Ken Wharton, securing Fifth overall.

Gold Leaf from Napoleon’s Crown Fetches 625,000 Euros