Exquisite pocket watches sell in an auction buying frenzy

Philips Auctions sold all but one of its 160 pocket watches at a special auction on August 14 – held the day after its usual decorative arts and jewellery sales.

The collection, which belonged to a late Melbourne surgeon whose wife wanted to remain anonymous, was lovingly assembled and an important part of his recreational activities when alive.

Top sellers from the collection included a solid gold Rolex wristwatch ($6830 including buyer’s premium), a James McCabe full hunter pocket watch ($4880), a Swiss open faced full sized chronograph example ($3170) and a fine Brush & Drummond full hunter ($2800).

Decorative arts were much in demand with an 88 per cent clearance rate – clocks, porcelain and paintings featuring prominently.

A major feature was an antique ivory elephant which changed hands for $25,600.

The jewellery auction attracted a large crowd of 131 bidders with lot 108 – an emerald and diamond ring – bringing $19,500 and a pearl bracelet (lot 7) $11,590.

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