IN PICS: Bidders lap up Bonhams Nobleman collection sale

The second installment of Bonhams’ sale of the collection of a European nobleman proved a huge draw to watch buyers, selling every lot.

Bonhams February sale in Knightsbridge saw bidders successfully buy more than 250 lots, of which 100 were from the collection of .

Further pieces from the collection, a large part of which was generated through an obsession with locating an Alpina wristwatch lost by his father, will be offered by Bonhams at sales throughout the year.

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Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams global head of watches, said: “We have achieved excellent results for the first watch sale of the year, with multiple lots soaring to several times the estimate, and 100% of this exciting Collection of a European Nobleman sold.

“The collection has been brilliantly received by watch enthusiasts around the world, all eager to acquire a piece from the largest single-owner watch collection in Europe, and possibly the world.”

Sale highlights include a Glashütte Original, 18ct rose gold manual wind triple calendar wristwatch, sold for double the top estimate at £6,000, and a titanium and rose gold Omega chronograph, sold for £5,875, almost three times the estimate.

Further highlights include a Piaget Carree, 18ct rose gold automatic wristwatch with power reserve, sold for £3,750; an Omega 18ct rose gold automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moonphase, sold for £4,250, and a Vacheron Constantin 18ct gold manual wind wristwatch, sold for £3,750.

Containing more than 2,000 watches, the Collection of a European Nobleman is believed to be the largest ever seen in Europe.

The Collection of a European Nobleman will be offered at the following sales:

  • Watches & Wristwatches 17 May              Bonhams, Knightsbridge
  • Fine Watches & Wristwatches 22 June   Bonhams, New Bond Street
  • Watches & Wristwatches 13 September  Bonhams, Knightsbridge
  • Watches & Wristwatches 22 November  Bonhams, Knightsbridge



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