The highlight of Antiquorum’s auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, Part 2″, held on June 12th in New York, was the sale was the much anticipated Omega Constellation that formerly belonged to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley [lot 192]. The bids for the highly sought-after timepiece quickly escalated from $10,000 to an incredible $52,500, over five times its pre-sale estimate and a world record for the reference.
“We are exceptionally pleased with the result for Elvis Presley’s Omega Constellation in today’s sale.” said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum. The day’s total was $4,437,225.
The top lot by value was the Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 [lot 269], a tourbillon minute repeater with custom grey dial. Two phone bidders enthusiastically vied for the rare timepiece and it ultimately sold to a Chinese phone bidder for an impressive $542,500. Additional examples of Patek Philippe timepieces also sold remarkably well.
Several other brands were well-represented in the sale. Lange and Söhne achieved an impressive result for its “Pour le Merite” in yellow gold [lot 267], selling for $188,500; while spirited bidding for the Ulysse Nardin “Trilogy of Time” [lot 146], resulted in an exceptional price of $164,500, twice its low estimate.
Bovet attained an exceptional result for “The Elephant & The Snake.” [lot 131] The enamel and pearl-set pocket watch achieved an outstanding $74,500, over twice its high estimate. Also performing astonishingly well, from the property of a private collector, were the Jaeger- LeCoultre Eight Days Perpetual Calendars. The pink gold example [lot 81] sold for $38,750 and the platinum version [lot 82] attained $52,500. Franck Muller and FP Journe also achieved superior results. The Franck Muller Ref. 2851 RM QP Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar in yellow gold [lot 212] exceeded its high estimate, selling for $62,500 and the FP Journe Octa Chronograph in platinum [lot 260] obtained $42,500, more than twice its low estimate.