The recent Christie’s auction of a screen-worn Omega James Bond watch from the upcoming movie Skyfall calls for closer scrutiny and perspective here.
As I pointed out in my James Bond Watches .posterous update yesterday (which also feeds directly to this site, here), on October 5, 2012, Christie’s auctioned a titanium Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean wristwatch as part of its “50 Years of James Bond: The Auction” sale. Serial number 85247223, sold for £157,250 (US $254,273).
From that, some have suggested shock, because Christie’s estimates anticipated £6,000 to £8,000 ($9,660 to $12,880) as final pricing. But in her interview with Arel Bacs of Christie’s for Longitude last June, Meehna Goldsmith clearly distinguished the reasonable approach her firm uses in stating values for “watches” versus what can and often does come about from auctions where horology intersects Hollywood.
Look for reference at the Rolex 6238 pre-Daytona Chronograph worn on-screen by George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In 2003, Christie’s auctioned that watch for a final sales price of £22,913 (US $39,936).
You really think the folks at Christie’s somehow forgot that? Had no idea what it portended for an auction today?
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