The second Phillips watch auction in New York was held Wednesday with sales totaling $11,523,500. Phillips, the market leader with $110m in watch auction sales this year alone, sold 115 of 120 listings.
Bidders from over 50 countries participated both over the phone and online at the ‘STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them’ auction as they competed to acquire some of the finest and rarest timepieces on the market. Among the most sought-after was the 1957 Rolex “Big Crown”, a timepiece forever immortalized by Sean Connery’s James Bond, and a stunning Patek Philippe Chronograph from 1946.
Last year, the inaugural ‘WINNING ICONS – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century’ auction at Phillips, New York, saw late actor Paul Newman’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona sell for a world record $17.7m. Although nothing came close to that this week, there was still unprecedented levels of involvement with over 600 digital registrants.
Elite Traveler, home of the Top 50 Watches of the World, now brings you the 10 highest-selling items of the event.All photos courtesy and copyright of Phillips Auction House, New York.