While vintage timepieces can fetch impressive prices at auction in their own right, there is nothing like the fact that it was owned by a celebrity to increase the price.
Whenever a watch that was owned by a celebrity or a historical figure goes under the hammer, it is no surprise to see the bidding to extend well beyond the initial pre-auction estimate.
In this week’s blog, we will be taking a look at three notable celebrity luxury watches that have been sold at auction within the last few years.
Rolex Oyster – Charlie Chaplin
Swiss auction house Antiquorum held their 2013 “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” in New York City, and one of the highlight lots was once owned by silent film legend Charlie Chaplin.
The Rolex Oyster, which was manufactured by the watchmaker circa 1945, was not only notable for having been owned and worn by an early Hollywood icon.
The watch also proved to be one of the few left-hand models to be produced by Rolex during this period, and at auction, the Rolex Oyster was accompanied by four vintage photos and various authenticating correspondence.
Charlie Chaplin’s Rolex Oyster sold at the auction for $51,250 which was over four times the initial estimate.
Patek Philippe ref 2499/100 – Eric Clapton
At a 2012 auction hosted by British auctioneers Christie’s, an extremely rare and sought-after Patek Philippe from the personal collection of Eric Clapton broke a world record.
The Patek Philippe ref 2499/100, which was manufactured by the Swiss watchmaker in 1987, not only displayed perpetual calendar, chronograph and moon-phase complications, but was also one of two platinum editions to ever be made.
It sold for an incredible $3,635,808 setting a new world record for this reference at an auction.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean – Daniel Craig
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig during his third outing as James Bond in Skyfall was auctioned by Christie’s in 2012.
The watch sold for an impressive $254,237 and all proceeds were generously donated to Orbis, a not-for-profit organisation that provides those in developing nations with eye care.