What is Sotheby's Luxury Week?
Sotheby’s says the Luxury Week is a sale series showcasing “the best of the best in each discipline” celebrating luxurious and in-demand goods from the categories of:
- Wonders of nature
- Treasures of creativity
- Marvels of engineering
The three locations in 2022 are Hong Kong, Geneva and New York with luxury sales including a “state-of-the-art exhibition, educational events and a series of live, online and retail sales dedicated to the fastest-growing luxury categories on the auction market.:
With such high-end and luxurious goods such as jewellery, watches, collector cars, designer handbags, collectable sneakers and fine wines on offer, it is perfect for cross-collection from these categories offered by the prestigious auction house.
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Hong Kong Auctions- Sotheby's Luxury Week 2022
Hong Kong kicked off the distinguished luxury goods auctions from 23-29 April 2022 with online bids.
There were wines and French classics from A Great Cellar with extraordinary collections of vinous classics on offer. Sotheby's says buying in this sale will give access to Bordeaux and Burgundy collections. Other vintage collections were available in The Wine Hunter’s Cellar for Burgundy lovers, as well as other exclusive and fine rare wines.
Watches on auction included the Nevadadian collection which offered 10% of the collection of vintage Patek Philippe collectors, considered a “driving force behind one of the greatest legends of the vintage watch market.”
One of the highlights has been a rare collection of drawings by Gérald Genta, known as the ‘Picasso of Watchmaking’. Genta's luxury watches include the Patek Philippe Nautilus.
The vintage pink gold Patek Philippe watch set a new sale record by fetching more than $7 million.
Sotheby's had one lot 2018 set for between approximately USD $3,059,496 - $6,118,991 which included the pink-gold example with a Gobbi Milano retailer signature from 1957 which is the only known watch from the series that's double signed with the original retailer's name.
For collectors of sneakers, Sotheby's offered Nike SB | 20 Years, which is a celebration of the highly popular Nike’s Skateboarding brand featuring some of the rarest Nike SB Dunks in the brand’s history, Lot #8613 sold for HKD$ 945,000 for the signed Nike SB Dunk Pro “FLOM”.
There was exquisite jewellery on display and available to be bid for - The De Beers Cullinan Blue (15.10 carat) diamond is the largest to ever appear at an auction and eventually fetched US$57.5 million and tied an auction record!
Some other highlights include gemstones and coloured diamonds - the ‘The Carmine Rose’, an 8.08-carat ‘pigeon blood red’ Ruby and Diamond Ring and a 9.66 carat Sapphire and Diamond Ring Designed by Nicholas Lieou,
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Geneva Auctions- Sotheby's Luxury Week 2022
The Geneva collection runs from 10-12 May 2022 and offers auctioned jewellery, watches, handbags, and accessories.
The Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels offer pieces from the world’s most prestigious jewellery houses, such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier among others. In addition, there are coloured diamonds, exceptional coloured stones and magnificent jewels from the early 19th century to the present day.
There are several luxurious Rolex’s on auction with collectable watches from renowned makers such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Cartier. For collectors, there are vintage and contemporary pieces from various makers as well as independent brands like F.P. Journe
Handbags And other accessories from acclaimed houses of Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton amongst others will include a hand-picked selection of handbags.
New York Auctions- Sotheby's Luxury Week 2022
The New York Sotheby's Luxury Week 2022 auctions run from 16-22 June 2022.
The exhibitions will be available for viewings from 8-15 June 2022 at 1334 York Avenue
- 8–13 June: Magnificent Jewels, Fine Jewels, Handbags & Accessories
- 8–14 June: Important Watches and Fine Watches
- 8–16 June: Gérald Genta: Icon of Time
The collections include “300 lots from covetable jewellery makers including Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Oscar Heyman and a wide array of coloured stones including Padparadscha sapphires, Alexandrites, and Tanzanites” says Sotheby's.
There is also a 50th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch, and a collection of over 50 Royal Oak models never worn, and of museum quality condition.
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Sotheby’s - Digital Collectables & NFTs
Sotheby's has also been launching digital art, collectables and NFTs due to their increased popularity.
Block 34 from the Portraits of a Mind series will lead this season's NFT offerings of Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction on 27 April 2022.
They even launched Premier League football club Liverpool’s non-fungible token (NFT) collection, the LFC Heroes Club in Q1 2022 with a selection of 24 legendary heroes' digital collectables. This was Sotheby’s first collaboration with a sports club.
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