La Biennale Paris, until 8th October
The antiques and objets d’art tour-de-force in the City of Light returns once again with 42 galleries from eight countries coming together to present a group effort of 90 exceptional works. Obviously with current crises, this year’s Biennale is predominantly digital, but that just means that until 8 October, you can get online and bid for your favourite lots from the safety of your own home. You can even visit virtually, using Christie’s online platform.
Highlights include a pedestal table presented to Queen Luise of Prussia by Tsar Alexander I and a dining table and chair set by Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), one of the late, legendary Lagerfeld’s favourite furniture designers and a man celebrated in his own temporary exhibition this year.
Find the full list of lots and how to register to bid at Christies.
The Elkhart Collection, 23-24 October
Over 240 cars with no reserves? Sign us up – not that the cars in RM Sotheby’s Elkhart Collection sale at the end of the month are likely to go without a fight. The 240-car, 30-motorcycle sale covers everything from British and Italian sporting classics to 50s convertibles and coach-built icons. Highlights include a phenomenal Lamborghini Miura P400 S from 1969, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 “Vantage Specification” and the superlative Jaguar E-Type Continuation.
Having already been delayed back in May, there’s already a good deal of anticipation ahead of the October auction, so expect serious bidding. Just don’t ask why the collection’s offered without reserve. It’s not like the previous owner was accused of fraud or anything.
Phillips Geneva Watch Auction XII, 6-7 November
Details so far are scarce ahead of Phillips’ 12th Geneva Watch Auction but as ever we’re expecting a pretty impressive array of watches on offer – including one we know for certain: a Patek Philippe Reference 2523/1.
Even calling this a grail watch is an understatement; Patek and woldtimers are inextricably linked and this particular model is iconic in the truest sense. Launched in 1953, it uses a dual-crown system to set the worldtimer and is the larger cousin to the 2523. Out of the four-known guilloche-dial models in rose gold, one is in the Patek Philippe museum and two have been in private collections for decades.
The estimate is yet to be released, but needless to say it’s going to be hefty.