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    Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    This is the 2nd of Dodo's estate sales, the first being some of her artwork and furnishings.
    There's a few interesting men's and women's watches coming up this Wednesday at Noon.


    https://auctions.freemansauction.com...e_no=1603&st=D


    -An 18K Patek Philippe (c. 1940) with an estimate of $2-3K. Sold for $7,500 + buyer's premium

    -A Tonneau-style Longines (c.1912) with an estimate of $1.2-1.8K. Does the year 1912 sound accurate?? Sold for $1,200 + buyer's premium

    -An 18K Vacheron Constantin (c. 1949) with an estimate of $4-6K. Did not meet reserve

    -A very interesting Rolex GMT Master "Pepsi" (c. 1967) with an estimate of $12-15K. Sold for $11,000 + buyer's premium


    Also up for auction are a UN Blue Wave (c. 2006), Sold for $3,000+ a Tudor Prince Tiger (c. 2004), Sold for $850+ a Tag Heuer Formula 1 Sold for $350+ et al.

    And for those of you who are either in the dog house with your significant other, or just want to impress her, check out
    Lot #1016, the very last piece to be auctioned off. Drum roll please.....Sold for a tidy $660,000.00. So around $850,000.00 with buyer's premium.
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    Re: Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    Isn't it redundant to call a >16 carat diamond "impressive?"

    Luckily for me, I'm sure SWMBO would much rather take those 6 figures and upgrade to a nicer house... and maybe a more sensible wedding ring upgrade.

    I'm curious about the potentially 1912 Longines, but not curious enough to bid on it. I'm not a vintage/pocketwatch era guy, but the dial looks a little rough even for the era? The minute marks aren't close to even, for example. I know it's hand done, but Longines pocketwatches of the era look much crisper to my eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OvrSteer View Post
    Isn't it redundant to call a >16 carat diamond "impressive?"

    Luckily for me, I'm sure SWMBO would much rather take those 6 figures and upgrade to a nicer house... and maybe a more sensible wedding ring upgrade.

    I'm curious about the potentially 1912 Longines, but not curious enough to bid on it. I'm not a vintage/pocketwatch era guy, but the dial looks a little rough even for the era? The minute marks aren't close to even, for example. I know it's hand done, but Longines pocketwatches of the era look much crisper to my eye.
    It was my understanding that Longines did not start making wrist watch movements until 1916 but I'm sure the auction house knows more than I. Here is the condition report and it states that the dial is original.

    Overall condition: good

    Movement: 17 jewel, no. 2737285, cal. 1381 no corrosion, discoloration or excessive wear. Sets, winds and runs.

    Case back: stamped 583 with European marks (presumed Russian) light to moderate scratches

    Dial: in good condition with some light scratches on dial. Numerals and logo in good condition, hands and dial original.

    With regard to the big diamond ring, I will readily admit I know nothing about diamonds and do not wish to learn. The hammer price will be interesting to many, I'm sure.
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    Re: Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    The "patina" on the Rolex 1675 hands looks more like mold or mildew. Who knows the condition of that 50 year old movement. A hard pass at 12-18K. Think they'll just sell me the faded bezel? I could go $250 for that :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by maylebox View Post
    The "patina" on the Rolex 1675 hands looks more like mold or mildew. Who knows the condition of that 50 year old movement. A hard pass at 12-18K. Think they'll just sell me the faded bezel? I could go $250 for that :)

    The estimate does sound high and it's not even a "Pussy Galore" model year!
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    Re: Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    In my twenties, I worked on Mrs. Hamilton's house in Wayne.

    Quite a Lady!

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    If they were auctioning off Mrs Hamilton's orchid collection, then my wife would be all over those. Mrs Hamilton and her gardeners used to bring fabulous plants every year to the Philadelphia flower show.

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    Re: Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Behm View Post
    In my twenties, I worked on Mrs. Hamilton's house in Wayne.

    Quite a Lady!

    Kurt
    I suppose you could say she was a throwback to another time. I was hoping to keep this thread fixated on her watch auction but I'm sure you read this article from 10 years ago.

    https://www.phillymag.com/articles/2...st-great-lady/
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    Re: Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreyt View Post
    If they were auctioning off Mrs Hamilton's orchid collection, then my wife would be all over those. Mrs Hamilton and her gardeners used to bring fabulous plants every year to the Philadelphia flower show.

    Jeff
    She won many blue ribbons at the Flower Show and was of course a huge sponsor. And since the show is in early March, when flowers are seldom in full bloom, she had to train her plants to bloom at that time of year. Fortunately she had a few people helping her in the greenhouse. ;)
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    Re: Campell's Soup Heiress Auction

    Edit: Please see my original post for hammer prices.
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