Bonhams Reports Sucess With Automobilia Themed Jewelry and Watches During Pebble Beach Car Week

Bonhams report that its Jewelry and Watches sale, held August 19th during Pebble Beach Car Week at Quail Lodge in Carmel, Calif., brought engine-revving, above-estimate results.

Automobilia-themed pieces saw particular success: a diamond and 18k gold Rolls Royce radiator wristwatch brought $7,076 (est. $3,500-4,500); a stainless steel calendar chronograph and bracelet wristwatch by Girard Perregaux for Ferrari brought $4,880 (est. $3,000-4,000); a pair of diamond, jasper, rock crystal and onyx cufflinks, carved in the form of a 1929 Duesenberg J101, brought $4,270 (est. $3,500-5,500); a pair of Michael Kanners’ moonstone, rock crystal, onyx and diamond car cufflinks brought $3,660 (est. $3,000-5,000); and an 18k gold Rolls Royce belt buckle brought $3,050 (est. $1,000-1,500).

Highlight watches – cool enough for the slickest automobilia enthusiast, also were a hit: a stainless steel and 18k gold Rolex brought $6,344 (est. $4,000-6,000); a Giotto Buti 18k white gold automatic chronograph wristwatch brought $6,100 (est. $5,000-7,000); a Panerai Luminor titanium automatic calendar diver’s wristwatch brought $6,100 (est. $5,000-7,000); and an Ebel 18k gold automatic calendar bracelet wristwatch brought $5,490 (est. $5,000-7,000).

Deborah Boskin, Jewelry Specialist at Bonhams & Butterfields, said of the sale: “The astute buyers at the Quail Lodge prove the ongoing strength of the luxury jewelry market. Signed jewelry and watches continue to bring premium prices.”

Some of the auction’s highest-ranking items demonstrated just that, with prices soaring for diamond-inclusive necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and rings alike.

Top, sparkling necklaces and bracelets included a blue and green tourmaline and diamond necklace that brought $10,980 (est. $7,500-9,500); a diamond and 18k gold bicolor gold bangle bracelet that brought $10,370 (est. $9,000-12,000); a Vacheron and Constantin diamond and 18k gold bracelet wristwatch that brought $9,150 (est. 5,000-7,000); an emerald and diamond necklace that brought $9,150 (est. $8,000-9,000); a multicolor tourmaline and diamond bracelet that brought $8,540 (est. $7,500-9,500); a diamond bracelet that brought $7,320 (est. $5,000-7,000); and a rock crystal and diamond pendant with chain, together with matching earrings by Cartier that brought $5,490 (est. $3,000-5,000).

Highlight earrings and rings included a South Sea cultured pearl and diamond calla lily ring that brought $7,320 (est. $5,500-7,500); a spessartite garnet and diamond ring that brought $7,320 (est. $2,000-3,000); a pair of turquoise, diamond and tsavorite garnet paisley earrings that brought $6,710 (est. $3,000-5,000); a pair of black diamond and diamond pendant earrings that brought $6,710 (est. $5,500-7,500); and a pair of pink sapphire and diamond earrings that brought $5,856 (est. $1,500-2,500).

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