Christie's is currently holding an auction for about 60 vintage watches, with options from Rolex, Longines, Heuer, IWC, and a few more highly desirable names from the world of horology. All of them, to be sure, are fantastic timepieces—but one in particular stands out among the group. It's a Patek Philippe ref. 2503 wristwatch, circa 1952. And aside from its distinctive "bunny ear" lugs, domed crystal, and solid-gold case, it's notable for the fact that it was once owned by Andy Warhol.
Now, provenance can be a tough thing to lock down in the world of vintage watches, but this one comes with a bunch of paperwork to authenticate its origin story, including the hang-tag and sticker from the auction house at which it was last sold in 1988. So you can rest assured that it's the real deal. Also, did you know that Warhol kept his favourite watches from his extensive (300-plus) collection in the centre of the canopy that hung over his bed? Well apparently he did! Not that that actually changes anything about the watch in question, but still: pretty cool.
The auction runs until April 5, and Warhol's watch is expected to fetch up to USD100,000 once the bids are all in. Grab your chequebook, collectors. A find like this won't be coming around again anytime soon.
From: Esquire US.