HARD TO THRILL

Revolution

Eric Clapton’s watch collection has produced some stellar results at auctions in the past. Pieces such as the Rolex Daytona “Albino” which was first in the hands of Christie’s in 2003 (sold for $50,190), then Sotheby’s in 2012 (sold for $505,000) and most recently with Phillips in 2015 (sold for $1,400,000). There was also the Patek Philippe 2499/100 which sold with Christie’s in 2012 for $3,600,000. Regardless of which auction house ultimately handled the watch, the common denominator was always some sort of record setting price. But note now how — let’s say in the instance of the “Albino” — only when it first sold with Christie’s was it directly consigned by Eric. The rest of the times it was from the hands of other collectors who wanted the watch auctioned and the house that took on the house listed it in their catalogues as “the former property” of Eric Clapton.

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