Antiquorum

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Antiquorum is an auctioneer of modern and vintage timepieces. Established in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum was the first auction house to auction fine watches over the Internet in the 1990s.[1]

The company was founded in Geneva in 1974 by Osvaldo Patrizzi and expanded to have branches in ten cities, including New York, London, Moscow, Paris, Milan, Munich, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Patrizzi sold 50% of his equity to ArtistHouse Holdings in 2006.[2] In June 2007 he was removed by the board of directors and later filed a number of lawsuits.

Antiquorum conducts auctions in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong about ten times a year, preceded by previews in various major cities worldwide[3].

Notable Auctions[edit]

  • In 2002, Antiquorum set the all-time world record for a wristwatch at auction, selling a unique 1939 platinum Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 1415 for US$4,026,524 (SFr. 6,603,500) - more than double the previous world record.[4]
  • On October 16, 2008, Antiquorum sold a gold Longines wristwatch once owned by Albert Einstein for US$596,000 in New York.[5][6][7]
  • In March 2009, Antiquorum auctioned a number of Mahatma Gandhi's possessions including his Zenith pocket watch and spectacles.[8] This caused controversy and the Indian government tried to cancel the sale.[9]
  • In November 2009 and March 2004, Antiquorum sold the yellow-gold and the white-gold Patek Philippe Calibre 89, respectively, and both watches currently rank among the top 10 most expensive watches ever sold at auction, with final prices over 5 million US dollars (the auction record for Antiquorum).[10][11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Felix Scholz. "The World's Largest Watch Auction House Is Now On Your iPhone: A Review Of The Antiquorum App". HODINKEE - Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2009-03-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Antiquorum buys TimeZone.com". JCK Magazine. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Patek World Records at Antiquorum's New York Sale - WatchTime - USA's No.1 Watch Magazine". Watchtime.com. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Albert Einstein's Longines watch fetch... - 16/10/2008 | Longines Media Center". mediacenter.longines.com. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  6. ^ "Unique and Historically Important Longines, No. 4876616, case No. 66968. Made in 1930, presented to Professor Albert Einstein on February 16th, 1931 in Los Angeles". catalog.antiquorum.swiss. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  7. ^ "HISTORY | Antiquorum Auctioneers since 1974". Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  8. ^ Naazneen Karmali (9 March 2011). "Vijay Mallya: Memories of Gandhi". Forbes. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  9. ^ "BBC NEWS - South Asia - Gandhi items 'to return to India'". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  10. ^ "The Yellow Gold Calibre 89 Patek Philippe". catalog.antiquorum.swiss. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  11. ^ "Hands-On: A Patek Philippe Caliber 89, For Sale At Christie's New York - HODINKEE". HODINKEE. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  12. ^ "Patek, Philippe, Genève. The white gold "Calibre 89"". catalog.antiquorum.swiss. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  13. ^ "Patek Philippe Calibre 89 sold for $5 million". JCK. Retrieved 2018-11-23.

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