Auction News: Masterworks of Time, Urban Art and London Jewels

Important Watches Featuring Masterworks of Time, Sotheby’s, Geneva, 11 November

Gérald Genta Ref. GGm1

‘Important’ is the right word in relation to Sotheby’s upcoming Geneva auction. Even by the city’s horological auction standards, this selection of Patek Philippes, Audemars Piguets, Breugets and of course Rolexes offers more than a few grail watches. Indeed, there are only a handful of pieces in the catalogue with estimates under CHF 50,000.

On the more niche side though there’s one that really stands out: the Gérald Genta Ref. GGm1. The possibly unique grand and petite Sonnerie was likely made for the Prince of Brunei and illustrates why Genta was one of the most influential watch designers in the world. Estimated at CHF 100,000, it’s a lot more interesting than another Paul Newman Daytona.

View the full catalogue at Sotheby’s and more information about the Gérald Genta Ref. GGM1.

Urban Art Signature Auction, Heritage Auctions, Dallas, 11 November

Banksy Pulp Fiction Screen-print

Urban and street art is bigger than ever and no, not just because of Banksy. Hosted by the world’s largest auctioneer, Heritage Auctions is presenting a seriously impressive collection of pieces from the likes of Alex Monopoly, Mr Brainwash, Daniel Arsham and Mark Drew.

There’s even a cool range of KAWS vinyl figurines for smaller-scale collections. The highlight though is, of course, a Banksy, specifically his famous banana-laced take on Pulp Fiction. The Screen-print has an estimate of $16,500 which is substantial, but a decent entry point to one of the most sought-after contemporary artists working today.

View the full catalogue at Heritage Auctions and more information about the Banksy Pulp Fiction Screen-print.

London Jewels, Bonhams, London, 12 November

Fancy Pink Diamond ring

Looking to score some serious points with the other half this Christmas? Bonhams’ London Jewels auction is set to offer an incredible array of haute joaillerie, ranging from mid-century semi-precious numbers to gargantuan rubies, galaxies of diamonds and a matching necklace and bracelet combination from Harry Winston.

The top of the bejewelled pile is an important fancy pink diamond ring from Meister, circa 1968, flanked by geometrically-cut white diamonds. It’s magnificent and should be too, with an estimate of £550,000.

View the full catalogue at Bonhams and more information about the Meister Fancy Pink Diamond ring.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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