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Phillips Watches top 10 for 2021 includes five Patek Philippes, two Philippe Dufours, two F. P. Journes and an Omega Speedmaster.
Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo broke the world record for any auction lot in any category sold online when the very first Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711 with Tiffany Blue dial hammered for $6.5 million.
Phillips in New York is set to smash world record price for a Nautilus at its December 11-12 sale.
Dramatic shift in the market sees living artists beating big brands with centuries of history.
Condition of the watch — its dial sumptuously aged to a milk chocolate "tropical" colour — had collectors in a frenzy.
Private collector's treasured timepieces expected to generate sales in the millions of dollars at November's Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo's The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV.
Luxury watch sales at auction rise by 49% for the first half of 2021 compares to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.
Auctioneer also celebrates opening of its new headquarters in New York.
Phillips has raised over $80,000 for the Horological Society of New York.
If 2020 was about auctioneers selling more watches at lower prices through online auctions, 2021 is shaping up to be a year of record-breaking prices for the most prestigious pieces.