• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 29 May 2019

RELEASE: Luxury Week New York

(left to right) Patek Philippe, An Extremely Fine 18k Pink Gold 'Tropical Oasis' Dial, Ref. 2481, Manufactured in 1950, Estimate: $600,000 - 800,000; Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000, 1 imperial per lot, Estimate: $13,000 - 17,000; Hermès, 2017, A Bleu Électrique Matte Alligator Birkin 30 with Palladium Hardware, Estimate: $40,000 - 50,000; Fancy Blue-Gray Diamond Ring Of 0.96 Carats, Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

New York—Christie’s Luxury Week arrives in New York with the preview opening on Friday, May 31st at the Rockefeller Center galleries. Bringing together the very best of Jewelry, Watches, Wine, and Handbags & Accessories, the week of sales spans over 1,000 objects comprising two live auctions and three online sales.

Highlights for the week include the first known Patek Philippe reference 2481 with polychrome cloisonné enamel dial of the “Tropical Oasis” theme, a very rare Rolex Daytona with “Paul Newman” dial, retailed by Linz Brothers, Dallas, featured alongside rarely seen imperial formats of Petrus 1990, numerous vintages of Château Lynch-Bages back to ’61, and an outstanding range of mature wines from some of California’s greatest producers, such as bottles of Heitz Martha’s ’74. The week of sales also features covetable Hermès Exotic Crocodile and Ostrich Birkins, an array of Mini Kelly 20 II in hues of Magnolia, Rose Azalée, and Bleuet, as well as a selection of playful accessories like a Hermès Short Board, Jump Rope and Bicycle, juxtaposed with a selection of fine jewels by Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Angela Cummings, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Further information is included in the following pages. All lots will be on view at Christie’s New York from Friday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

 

Live auctions:

An Evening of Exceptional Watches | Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 6pm

Finest Wines and Spirits | Friday, June 7, 2019 | 10:30am and 2pm

 

Online auctions:

Handbags & Accessories | May 28 – June 14, 2019

Jewels Online | May 30 – June 6/7, 2019

Watches Online: Time to Travel| June 11 – 25, 2019

 



LIVE AUCTIONS | June 6 and June 7, 2019


An Evening of Exceptional Watches | June 6, 2019

An Evening of Exceptional Watches, on Thursday, June 6th, offers a carefully curated selection of 100 distinct lots of wristwatches and pocket watches, notable for their extreme rarity, highlighted provenance, and exceptional condition. Highlights include modern, vintage and sport watches from Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet and more.

The top lot of the sale is the first known Patek Philippe reference 2481 with polychrome cloisonné enamel dial of the “Tropical Oasis” theme, Manufactured in 1950 ($600,000-800,000). There are only six examples of Ref. 2481 with a combination of rose gold and cloisonné jungle dial known. Additionally, on offer is a very rare Rolex Daytona with “Paul Newman” dial, retailed by Linz Brothers, Dallas, Circa 1968 ($300,000-500,000). A highly important discovery in the world of vintage Rolex, this example can be considered one of the rarest Daytona’s to ever come to market.

Other highlights include a Patek Philippe reference 3448 in white gold with bracelet ($300,000-500,000); a Patek Philippe reference 1463 stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, retailed by Gübelin, ($350,000-550,000); a Vacheron Constantin reference 4261 in 18k gold ($300,000-500,000); and two historically important watches formerly owned by Joe DiMaggio including a Bulova stainless steel chronograph with black dial ($25,000-50,000), which was used during his voluntary service in the U.S. Military in WWII.  For more information, visit the press release or the sale page.

Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits | June 7, 2019

Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits takes place on Friday, June 7, completing the Christie’s Luxury Week series of sales. This well curated sale contains 452 lots representing the world’s very best wines and spirits. The auction commences with a magnificent, private collection offering rare large formats from Petrus and Château Mouton-Rothschild. Petrus 1990 is rarely seen in imperial format, and this sale includes not just one, but two lots of this Bordeaux unicorn.

The sale continues with another rich offering from a Texas collector. Recently removed from a purpose-built, temperature and humidity-controlled cellar, the collection is full of rare vintages of Bordeaux’s classic wines. Alongside the First Growths offered are numerous vintages of Château Lynch-Bages back to ’61. Also included is an outstanding range of mature wines from some of California’s greatest producers, such as bottles of Heitz Martha’s ’74 and a superlative range of wines from Dunn Vineyards, from bottles to magnums to rare six liters. In addition to these highly sought-after producers, the collection also features seven vintages of Screaming Eagle. The morning session concludes with further offerings from all the major properties of Bordeaux, including many Frist Growths and a full case of Château Latour 1961. Amongst other highlights on offer from more recent vintages is a rare Imperial of Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000. Additional information is available in the press release and the sale can be browsed here

ONLINE SALES | May 28 – June 25, 2019



Handbags & Accessories | May 28 – June 14, 2019

Christie’s New York announces a curated offering of the very best Handbags & Accessories of 261 unique and rare pieces. Spring forward with a colorful selection of limited-edition, special and one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories from the most coveted and recent collections. Featured among the wide array of styles includes Hermès Exotic Crocodile and Ostrich Birkins, a Limited Edition Au Trot, a So Black Kelly, an array of Mini Kelly 20 II in hues of Magnolia, Rose Azalée, and Bleuet, as well as a selection of playful accessories like a Hermès Short Board, Jump Rope and Bicycle. The full sale can be browsed here.

Jewels Online | May 30 – June 6/7, 2019

Christie’s June Jewels Online auction features a broad selection of fine jewels and iconic designs by renowned jewelers including Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Angela Cummings, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels. With over 300 lots on offer and bidding on many lots starting below $2,000, this online auction includes an exceptional range of jewels that is sure to excite collectors and enthusiasts alike. The full sale can be browsed here.

Watches Online: Time to Travel | June 11 – 25, 2019

Taking place concurrently is the Christie’s Watches Online: Time to Travel (June 11-25), which presents 236 watches ranging from vintage to contemporary timepieces. Further highlights and details are included below. Public preview of both sales includes a full exhibition at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries from Friday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 5th. The sale will open to browse on Saturday, June 1st.

 

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 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn2022), for a single charitable 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 use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the 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.