Sotheby's final Watch auction of 2014 concluded on 10 December in New York with a total of $7.2 million, raising the Company's sales in this category to $100.1 million for the year - the highest annual total in Sotheby's history.
Auction Sotheby’s is thrilled to share a fine selection of timepieces from our upcoming Important Watches sale on 10 December which includes Property from the Automata and Mechanical Music Collection of Frank and Lore Metzger.
The first session features the Metzger Collection: 17 lots of fine and rare automata and mechanical musical pieces. The star of the collection is lot 63, a Courvoisier and Comp. two-tune musical automaton birdcage clock with double singing and flying birds. This ormolu and mahogany piece exemplifies the craftsmanship and technical detail reflective of the period in which it was constructed..
The cover lot is an extremely rare and unusual Patek Philippe open-faced, perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph, minute repeating watch with moon phases and black dial retailed by Gübelin. With its triple complication, lot 121 represents the apex of Patek Philippe's technical creation. Its black dial and modern, angular lines blends the aesthetic appeal of traditional pocket watches with mid-century complicated wristwatches and would be a highlight in any collection of fine timepieces.
In addition to the Metzger Collection, the Important Watches sale has a fantastic selection of vintage Rolex, including references 8171, 6036, 6542, four ‘Paul Newman Daytonas,’ and one very rare ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ with a ‘Panda’ dial. Rounding out the auction are a selection of impressive modern Patek Philippe wristwatches, including the references 5959P, 5033P, 5004R, and 5951P. 5951P.