Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona was sold to an anonymous buyer after twelve minutes of vigorous bidding, which began with the auctioneer calling a $1 million starting bid which quickly jumped to $10 million.

blog.php-83 The winning bid reached $15.5 million ($17.8 million with commission)
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In the packed auction room, bidders from 43 different countries battled it out for the watches on offer. The 49-lot auction totalled nearly $29 million. Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet timepieces all commanded high prices from excited bidders.

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Notably, the Philippe Dufours Duality, from 1996, which was estimated at $200 000-400 000, sold for $915 000. The watch was one made in a series of nine.

Keep up to date with the latest on the watch market by using Barnebys realized prices here.