S panning Hong Kong, London, Paris and New York, The Luxury Edit is a global sale series showcasing luxury through a fresh lens. Furthermore, tailored to the growing trend of cross-category collecting, the specially curated live and online sales bring art and collectibles together serving as a testament to the evolving definition of luxury. Among the highlights this season in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s collaborates with Hiroshi Fujiwara to offer items from his personal collection – a rare opportunity for every fan out there of the legendary Japanese designer. Meanwhile under our new and innovative auction format, Sotheby’s Sealed, collectors will have the chance to bid on an exceptionally rare double sealed Patek Philippe, a Hermès Himalaya Kelly 28 Diamond, and more.
Read on to discover the curation of luxury, art and collectibles hand-picked by our specialists.
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PERSONAL EFFECTS: Hiroshi Fujiwara
Taking its namesake from legendary Japanese designer, musician and creative director Hiroshi Fujiwara’s iconic 2009 book, Personal Effects: Hiroshi Fujiwara offers more than 50 items across fashion, art and collectibles — all handpicked from his personal collection. Discover one-off pieces and unique items that hold a special place in his life such as a beloved original 1936 Levi’s 506XX T-back jean jacket and a vintage Hermès Haut à Courroies, to highly-coveted collector pieces from prolific brand collaborations with his fashion label Fragment Design, including a Nike Dunk Hi Fragment Design prototype.
From antique tiaras to contemporary designs, Important Jewels this season is a curation that is sure to captivate collectors and connoisseurs alike. Discover an exceptional private collection of Royal jewels from the 1800s to the Belle Époque era of the 19th century, including a Musy natural pearl and diamond tiara once owned by the Queen of Spain. Other highlights include a delectable offering of coloured stones and fine jadeite, as well as signed jewels from renowned jewellery houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Bulgari.
The specialist edit of this season’s most desirable jewels extends to the online sale Fine Jewels, running through 19 July.
A platform for collectors from all over the world to bid on the finest luxury and art, Sotheby’s Sealed is an innovative single-lot auction format where active bidders in a sale can see their ranking, but the bid amount of others are not disclosed. Additionally, only the successful bidder of the item will know the final bid price. A testament to Sotheby's committment to excellence, only exceptional, rare-to-market and highly sought after items will be offered through Sotheby’s Sealed.
This season’s The Luxury Edit presents three Sotheby’s Sealed auctions including a dazzling 15.02 carat D Colour internally flawless diamond ring, and a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, Reference 5002P-013, unopened and double factory sealed. Released in 2001, and no longer in production, the exceptionally rare timepiece held the reign as Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatch for more than a decade. Ranked among the rarest of all Hermès, a highly coveted Hermès Himalaya Kelly 28 Diamond encrusted with 229 diamonds weighing 9.43 carats represents the pinnacle of luxury handbags.
Leading Fine Watches this season is Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar chronograph 3970 and the annual calendar flyback chronograph 5961, both elevated with a touch of diamonds to offer unparalleled elegance on the wrist. Exemplifying the best of German watchmaking is a limited-edition A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split, featuring the world’s first mechanical split-seconds chronograph for multiple hour comparative time measurements.
Lovers of sports watches also have plenty to discover including Omega’s Speedmaster, and Bulgari’s ultra-thin, titanium Octo Finissimo Tattoo Acqua, designed collaboratively with a unique tattoo-inspired aesthetic.
Scenes of Japan | The Ultimate Karuizawa Collection
Scenes of Japan | The Ultimate Karuizawa Collection sees one of the most impressive collections of Karuizawa ever to come to auction. Carefully curated by one single collector, the sale sees almost 100 lots of Karuizawa dating back to 1963 and aged as long as 50 years. Additionally, the collection includes both distillery and independently bottled The Macallan, as well as a number of releases from Taiwanese independent bottler Spirits Shop' Selection.
Meanwhile, on 12 July, bottles of the most coveted wine will go under the hammer in The Provenance Collection | A Pristine Cellar Of Original Purchases, and the online sale Distilled | Whisky + Moutai running through 18 July offers the finest spirits from The Macallan, Yamazaki, Moutai and more.