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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SENATOR WILLIAM BENTON: SOLD BY THE ESTATE OF HELEN BOLEY

Gilbert Albert & Patek Philippe
REF 3266/54 YELLOW GOLD AND PEARL PENDANT WATCH WITH CONCEALED DIAL MADE IN 1965
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SENATOR WILLIAM BENTON: SOLD BY THE ESTATE OF HELEN BOLEY

Gilbert Albert & Patek Philippe
REF 3266/54 YELLOW GOLD AND PEARL PENDANT WATCH WITH CONCEALED DIAL MADE IN 1965
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Gilbert Albert & Patek Philippe
REF 3266/54 YELLOW GOLD AND PEARL PENDANT WATCH WITH CONCEALED DIAL MADE IN 1965
Dial: silvered
Calibre: cal. 13.5 manual winding, 20 jewels
Movement number: 987'097
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on back
Case number: 2'607'106
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe pendant suspending two cultured pearls and necklace
Dimensions: 16 mm, total pendant length 93 mm
Signed: case, dial, movement, pendant and necklace
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming sale with pendant and two pearls on October 27th, 1965


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Catalogue Note

Collectors and scholars are perennially fascinated by the artistic contributions of Gilbert Albert during his tenure at Patek Philippe. His asymmetric designs, such as the 'Ricochet' wrist and pendant watches, are perhaps the best known of his productions. His jewelry designs, such as the present, are far less frequently seen and an even bolder representation of his vast creativity, and Patek Philippe's patronage of his artistry. 

Ref. 3266-54 is illustrated prominently in Patek Philippe Museum, Vol. II, p. 243. The present example differs from the piece within the Museum collection only in that it features two cultured pearl drops, which are noted on the Extract from the Archives. To the best of our knowledge, the present lot is the only one of this design (featuring the pearl drops) to have appeared at auction. Sotheby's is pleased to offer it for auction from the Estate of Helen Boley, the daughter of United States Senator William Benton. 

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