• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 1 June 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Christie's Watches New York: Rare Watches and American Icons 

LIVE AUCTION: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ONLINE AUCTION: Tuesday June 13 – June 27, 2017

New York – Christie’s New York announces the June 21 Rare Watches and American Icons auction. The sale will be led by The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank. This historically important watch, being sold with an accompanying painting by Jackie, was previously unknown to the public and offers two of the most important historic artifacts to surface in recent years from the golden era of the President Kennedy’s Administration. (Estimate: $60,000 – $120,000).

The New York auction will offer 250 lots with fresh-to-market property and many mint condition modern pieces with estimates ranging from $2,000 to $1,500,000. Highlights will include modern, vintage and sport watches from Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Richard Mille, Heuer and many more. The sale will also offer highly sought-after Cartier Art Deco Clocks & Accessories from a Private Collection. This carefully curated selection will offer exceptional objets dating from the early to mid-twentieth century, such as A Very Fine 18k Gold, Silver and Diamond-set Polyhedral Desk Clock, Designed by R. Emmerson, Circa 1958 (estimate: $80,000 - $120,000).

The sale will proudly present an “American Icons” section that comprises property of prominent American athletes, celebrities and well-known personalities including watches once belonging to Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Hope, President Lyndon B. Johnson, JJ Astor, and more.

Public preview of this sale includes full exhibition at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries June 16th -20th as well as a highlight exhibition in Los Angeles June 6th-9th.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.