This year we've witnessed a series of iconic watch auctions, and it looks like the phenomenon is far from over. Next week, an Andy Warhol-owned Patek Philippe will hit the auction block at Christie's New York.
Besides being a prolific artist, Andy Warhol was also known to be a collector of many things, including fine watches. It is widely held that the artist amassed "one of the world's most formidable watch collections," once owning in excess of 300 pieces. In fact, his watches were so dear to him that it’s been said that Warhol kept his most prized timepieces at the center of the canopy that hung over his bed.
Included in his famed collection, is a Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 570, a rare timepiece that quietly exudes energy. Unlike the artist's famously bold artworks, Warhol liked to keep things simple on his wrist. And this classic piece proves exactly that.
The Calatrava is recognized as the very essence of the round wristwatch and with its clean lines is one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style. Warhol's iteration features a classic gold case paired with a simple leather band. It is made even more desirable by its double-signed dial, displaying the retailer signature, Hausmann & Co., founded in Rome in 1794.
Bidding on Andy Warhol's Patek Philippe will run from June 8 to June 22 alongside a collection of rare timepieces at Christie's. The bidding price is currently estimated at between $45,000 and $95,000.