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

RESULTS: Rare Watches and American Icons New York Totals $10,028,500

The top lot in the sale was Lot 228, which realized $1,207,500 USD

The live auction of Rare Watches And American Icons, which took place on June 21 at Christie’s New York, totaled $10,028,500 with 81% sold by value and 74% sold by lot.

The top Lot 228, An Extremely Fine and Very Rare Sapphire Split-Seconds Chronograph Wristwatch by Richard Mille realized $1,207,500, making it the most expensive wristwatch sold at auction in the U.S.

This sale proudly concludes a strong spring watch auction season at Christie’s. Widespread international interest and competitive bidding for longstanding manufacturers and vintage timepieces including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Tudor, Heuer, OMEGA, Cartier, and more.

There is also still time to bid on Christie’s Watches Online, running until Tuesday June 27, offering a dynamic assortment of modern and vintage timepieces.

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.

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