Outstanding wristwatches at Antiquorum this Sunday

Outstanding watches This A. Lange and Sohne Tourbillon Pour Le Merite wristwatch was made in a limited edition of 150  in 1996 (est. $155,000-$255,000). (photo courtesy Antiquorum Auctioneers)

Antiquorum Auctioneers will be hosting an Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Auction this Sunday, Nov. 13th, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. There will be many exceptional highlights, but one standout is the watch you see here: an A. Lange and Sohne Tourbillon Pour Le Merite wristwatch. Made in a limited edition of 150 pieces in 1996, this fine and rare 18kt yellow gold watch features a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and a 36-hour power reserve indicator. It carries a stout pre-sale estimate of $155,000-$255,000.

The auction will also feature a LeCoultre Reverso Grand Complication A Triptique Platinum No. 46/75, made in a limited edition of 75 and sold in 2009; a Rolex Ref. 6200 Tropical Explorer dial in steel made in 1954; a Patek Philippe Ref. 533 black dial in pink gold made in 1938; an Audemars Piguet Tradition d’Excellence Tourbillon Chronograph with central counter power reserve and Dynamograph in platinum; a Rolex Ref. 5513 Military Submariner in steel made in 1972; and a Rolex Ref. 6238 Pre-Daytona made in 1961. Visit www.antiquorum.com.



Inuit and First Nations fans: big sale at Walker's Nov. 16th 

Inuit and First Nations This early-to-mid-1970s sculpture by the renowned Inuit carver Joe Talirunili (c. 1893-1976), is expected to sell for CDN$120,000-$160,000. (photo courtesy Walker's Auctions)

Inuit and First Nations arts rank among Canada's most important art styles and are collected worldwide. Walker's Auctions, based in Ottawa, Canada, is the international market leader in the field of Canadian Inuit art at auction and is a major player in Canadian First Nations art. On Wednesday, Nov. 16th, the firm will conduct an important 300-lot auction that will feature 20th century Inuit sculptures, Inuit graphic arts and textile arts and First Nations art. The event will be held at Walker's showroom in Ottawa (as well as online), starting promptly at 6 pm (Eastern time zone).

The piece shown here is an early or mid-1970s stone, wood, hide and thread sculpture by the renowned Inuit artist Joe Talirunili (c. 1893-1976), titled Migration Boat, one of a small series carved towards the end of Talirunili's life. It's expected to sell for CDN$120,000-$160,000. The work vividly captures the intensity of the ordeal suffered by Talirunili and his family. Talirunili and his Migration Boats have achieved almost mythical status in the world of Inuit art and are the single most prized Inuit art objects. Examples are in Canada's major art museums. Visit www.walkersauctions.com.




Everything under the sun at The Benefit Shop Fndtn.

Everything under the sun This lovely circa 1880s diamond and ruby bee brooch, made in either France or Belgium, will be sold on Wednesday, Nov. 16th. (photo courtesy The Benefit Shop Foundation)

What a brilliant and worthy concept: The Benefit Shop Foundation in Mount Kisco, New York receives donations from the finest estates in Westchester County and beyond and showcases them in one convenient and beautifully-staged location. The estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and not-for-profits in the community get the money. The four-year-old company is the brainchild of Pam Stone, a former Wall Street investment banker who chucked it all to encourage people to make high-quality item donations for the satisfaction of helping a host of community organizations.

Everything sold through The Benefit Shop Foundation has a starting price of $5, just to make sure things get rolling, and the merchandise mix is wildly diverse, to include mid-century lamps, Imari tea sets, antique pine servers, re-covered sofas, sets of china and crystal, antique linens, fine art and collectibles. The item shown here is in their upcoming Nov. 16th auction: a lovely circa 1880s diamond and ruby bee brooch, made in either France or Belgium and intricately set in 14kt yellow gold. It’s expected to bring $2,000-$3,000 (but bidding starts at $5!). Visit www.thebenefitshop.org.