For Immediate Release
Fans of the legendary actor, Steve McQueen and race car enthusiasts will be very interested in the upcoming June sale as it will include the iconic Heuer “Monaco” wristwatch previously owned by Steve McQueen and worn by him during the filming of the 1971 movie “Le Mans”. Steve presented the watch to his financial advisor upon his return home from filming in appreciation for financially restructuring both himself personally and his company, Solar Productions Inc.
The Monaco watch was originally launched by Heuer in 1969 in honor of the Monaco Grand Prix. The watch is a fine and unusual, square convex, water-resistant, stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with chronograph and date.
Antiquorum Experts have placed a pre-sale estimate of $ 10,000 - $ 20,000
(click on above image for Monaco details)
In addition, Antiquorum experts will also be offering Steve McQueen’s Rolex, Ref. 5512 Submariner produced in 1967. The timepiece is a fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel diver’s wristwatch.
The watch was given by Steve McQueen to his good friend Jimmy Brucker in early 1980, to whom he also subsequently willed his airplane hangar at the Santa Paula Airport where he had stored his airplane, bikes and an extensive memorabilia collection. Most of the other items that had been given to Brucker have been auctioned, so this lot remains one of the few items that Jimmy Brucker received from Steve McQueen and kept.
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000
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Also for the McQueen fan and motorcycle
enthusiast, Antiquorum will be offering The ex-Steve McQueen, Von
Dutch1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine
no. Y2373A. Produced by the Scott Motorcycle Company, the
present motorcycle is not only a fine example of one of the most
technologically advanced machines of its day, but it was restored,
painted and pin striped in the 1970s by the legendary Kenny
"Von Dutch" Howard. The bike
features the infamous Von Dutch ‘flying eyeball’ logo affixed in
cloisonné to the toolbox, while the Scott logos are all hand-painted
and finished in gold leaf. A unique feature of the bike is that
Von Dutch mistakenly lettered the date on the front number plate
‘1926’ instead of the correct ‘1929.’ Having recognized
the historical and artistic significance of this motorcycle, prior to
his death, Steve McQueen gifted the bike back to Von Dutch so that he
may personally own his masterpiece. Following its sale by Von
Dutch to a collector in California, the bike came full circle when it
was purchased (and now consigned for sale in the present auction) by Tonny
Sorensen, owner of the Von Dutch clothing company.
Until recently the bike was on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
as part of the “MotStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles” exhibit.
(click on above image for details)
OTHER ITEMS UP FOR AUCTION FROM ANTIQUORUM
Of interest for the Frank Sinatra fan is the legendary crooner’s Gruen watch and gold chain necklace. This timepiece is a fine and very thin14K pink gold wristwatch with a pink gold-plated brick link bracelet and is accompanied by a 49 cm gold-plated necklace with 12 letter-links spelling “Frank Sinatra.”
The watch was sold by the estate of Al Silvani who received it as a gift from Frank Sinatra, his close personal friend. Silvani spent a lot of time with Sinatra's Rat Pack and appeared in a number of his movies.
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Sammy Davis Jr.
Antiquorum is also delighted to offer fellow Rat Packer’s, Sammy Davis Jr.’s Cartier Pasha in the June sale. It was given to him by his best friend Frank Sinatra in the late 1980’s, and is inscribed, “Sammy I Luv Ya F.A.S.” The Cartier, "Pasha Quartz - Two-Time-Zone," Ref. 0321 will be offered along with a 1990 People magazine celebrating the life of Sammy Davis and featuring him on the cover wearing the watch and a scrap book of Sammy Davis related news clippings from 1970 to 1973. The timepiece is a fine and rare, two-time-zone, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold quartz wristwatch with moon phases, day and date, produced in 1987.
Estimate: $10,000 - $ 20,000
Fans of the very popular actor Orlando
Bloom will wan to bid on his collection of sport watches.
This classically trained English actor has appeared in noteworthy
films such as
Explorer, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified,” Ref.
1016, produced in 1969. This timepiece is a fine and rare
center seconds, self-winding water-resistant, stainless steel
wristwatch accompanied by an autographed copy of the auction
Rolex, Ref 116400, Black PVD
Milgauss, produced in 2008 . This timepiece is a very fine,
self-winding, center seconds, water-resistant, stainless steel PVD-coated
wristwatch, anti- magnetic to 1000 Grauss accompanied by an
autographed copy of the auction catalogue.
Rolex, Ref 1655
“Steve McQueen”. This timepiece is a fine and very
rare, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel
wristwatch with date, special 24-hour bezel, large orange arrow
24-hour hand, produced circa 1973. It is accompanied by an
autographed copy of the auction catalogue.
Auction: June 11, 2009
June 11, 2009
First Session: 11 am
Thursday, May 28: 3pm – 7pm
Antiquorum Auctioneers (HK) ltd.
Sunday, May 31: 11 am – 7pm
Tuesday, June 2 & Wednesday, June 3: 11am -7pm
CP All Public Company Limited Building
Hours Minutes Seconds
Friday, June 5
Auction - 2009:
An impressive 49 of the 81 watches sold publicly by major auction houses for over SFr. 1,000,000 were sold by Antiquorum. In 2002, Antiquorum set the all-time world record for a wristwatch at auction, selling a unique 1939 platinum Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 1415 for US$ 4,026,524 (SFr. 6,603,500) - more than double the previous world record. Another record price for a modern watch was achieved in 2004, the unique white gold Calibre 89, also by Patek Philippe, was sold for SFr. 6,603,500 (US$ 5,002,652). Among the world records in 2005, the "Tour de l'Ile", at US$ 1,564,000 (SFr. 1,876,250), set a world record for a contemporary wristwatch and the "King Fouad I", at US$ 2,755,000 (SFr. 3,306,250), achieved the highest price ever paid for a Vacheron Constantin. Another record was achieved in 2009, when Gandhi's pocket watch, sandals, glasses, bowl and thali, sold for an astounding $2,096,000.
Online catalogue - Auction catalogues will be posted online at www.antiquorum.com approximately two weeks prior to the sale. New and returning clients may register for online bidding at that time. After receiving a paddle and a pin number, clients have the option of placing absentee bids directly on the site, or bidding interactively on auction day. For those collectors, who are simply interested in following the auction as it progresses, a live internet broadcast will take place on the same site, for which no registration is required. Sale results for the traditional auction will be posted online after the sale.