Delve into the High Profile December 2017 Auction Calendar

The major auction houses have an exciting calendar of sale dates planned in the build up to Christmas. There was much excitement in the art world last month after Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvador Mundi’ fetched an astonishing $450 million (£334,408,500). This was accompanied by other significant works which achieved substantial prices in Christie’s blockbuster Old Masters auction, which raised just under $1 billion in total.

However, this month the focus shifts to high powered super cars, jewels and watches, with the hit of the December 2017 auction calendar being RM Sotheby’s New York Icons sale on December 6th.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Image Source: RM Sothebys

This auction really has it all, from extremely rare and sought after super cars to classics to fine wine to memorabilia. This sale features a diverse range of prestigious car brands, reflected by the production years of the lots, spanning from a 1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe to a brand new 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

However, the car that will draw the most attention from the auction will be the mint condition 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. California’s always draw a big crowd when they go to auction and command an even bigger price tag. This particular model, which respectively achieved 3rd in class and 5th at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans has a higher estimate of $17,000,000 (£12,633,000) at the auction that will take place in New York on December the 6th.

Exquisite fancy vivid blue diamond and diamond ring
Image Source: Sotheby’s

New York seems to be the focal point for auctions this month with Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale also taking place here on December 5th. Sotheby’s describes the lots on offer as the ‘world’s most sought-after jewels and gemstones’, and given some of the prices commanded it would be hard to argue. Iconic brands such as Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels are all up for sale, and the largest round diamond in the world is up for grabs, weighing in at 110.92 carats.

However, the highest priced lot comes from the ‘Exquisite fancy vivid blue diamond and diamond ring’ (pictured below), featuring an emerald-cut blue diamond weighing 5.69 carats, the lavish ring is estimated to fetch between $12-$15 million (£8,918,000-£11,147,000).

Joe DiMaggio’s 18K gold Chronograph wristwatch
Image Source: Christie’s

Following suit, the final featured sale from the December 2017 auction calendar will also take place in New York, at Rockefeller Centre on the 7th of December, for an evening of ‘Exceptional Watches’. It would be impossible for a watch lover to not be able to pick a watch out of the abundance of Pateks, Rolexes and Audemars on display. At an auction with so much choice, how do you choose a standout?

Legendary Major League Baseball player Joe DiMaggio’s 18K gold Chronograph wristwatch with original sale receipt dating back to 1948 is set to fetch between $150,000-$300,000 (£111,500-£223,000). However, it is the stainless-steel chronograph Rolex with a black ‘Paul Newman Mark 1 Oyster Sotto Daytona’ dial that is set to achieve the largest price, with a high estimate of $1 million (£743,000).

See the full December 2017 Auction Calendar below:

AuctionAuction HouseCategory DateLocationURL
The Bond Street SaleBonhamsLuxury CarsDecember 2, 2017London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/tYWbgC
Finest and Rarest WinesSothebysFine WineDecember 2, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/98zjTk
The Art of TimeBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 4, 2017 New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/4MUFga
Native American ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 4, 2017San Franciscohttps://goo.gl/VyngGK
PATRIMOINE DE SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS - VENTE CARITATIVEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 4, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/zeq2Ng
Home and InteriorsBonhamsOtherDecember 5, 2017 London, Knightsbridgehttps://goo.gl/Rvj3kD
Asian ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Edinburghhttps://goo.gl/jaP8wW
Old Master Sculpture & Works of ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/hhqKfx
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian BooksSotheby'sOtherDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/wFVs9E
Magnificent JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 5, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/rgtoDT
Collection Alain & Candice FraibergerSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/S6KWGp
Swiss Art / Swiss MadeSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Zurichhttps://goo.gl/8jikCi
JAPANESE WORKS OF ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/miFuPe
PARIS JEWELSChristie'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 5, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/hR4hr2
FINE PRINTED BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS INCLUDING AMERICANAChristie'sMemorabilliaDecember 5, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/ke2Cfz
ART CONTEMPORAIN - VENTE DU SOIRChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/R6VrWv
GOLD BOXESChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/ujvpyx
SCRIPT AND ILLUMINATION: LEAVES FROM MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTSChristie'sMemorabiliaDecember 5, 2017Onlinehttps://goo.gl/UdZHmH
From Generation to Generation: Important Photographs from the Ames Collection OnlineSotheby'sPhotographyDecember 5, 2017Onlinehttps://goo.gl/NhLPvw
Whisky SaleBonhamsFine WineDecember 6, 2017Edinburghhttps://goo.gl/xbDXYU
London OlympiaBonhamsLuxury CarsDecember 6, 2017London, Olympiahttps://goo.gl/3ocJfB
Old Master PaintingsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/49mG8q
Important WatchesSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/fhyW1L
Art ContemporainSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/NSX19K
Old Masters Evening SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/jekcMc
RM Sotheby's: New York - ICONSRM Sotheby'sLuxury CarsDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/eEnqJ6
ANTIQUITIESChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/4xmGiY
SCULPTUREChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/D3Hffc
MAGNIFICENT JEWELSChristie'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/npZyGS
ART CONTEMPORAIN - VENTE DU JOURChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/a1hf18
ART OF THE SAMURAIChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Onlinehttps://goo.gl/QBGRqa
Fine JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 7, 2017 London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/WWCWCV
Fine European CeramicsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/HEjY46
Old Masters Day SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/8n6BHL
Art Contemporain - Vente du jourSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/e1pNgs
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 7, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/h4XiQv
The December SaleBonhamsLuxury CarsDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/Ep1zi3
Donnington ParkH&HLuxury CarsDecember 7, 2017Englandhttps://goo.gl/uaZG7W
OLD MASTERS EVENING SALEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/LW3r7D
FINE AND RARE WINESChristie'sFine WineDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/weXAqo
WATCHESChristie'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 7, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/Ab72by
RUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARYChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/RJbjsX
FIRST OPEN | POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Online
Boundless: Contemporary ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/Zyd1Mf
OLD MASTERS DAY SALEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/QEii5k
OLD MASTER PAINTINGS & DRAWINGSChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/QEii5k
FINEST & RAREST WINES, AN EVENING SALEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/vCWYr9
National Motorcycle MuseumH&H ClassicsLuxury CarsDecember 9, 2017Solihullhttps://goo.gl/ATZiDx
JewelryBonhamsJewelelrDecember 11, 2017London, Knightsbridgehttps://goo.gl/5y8nVL
Fine Books and ManuscriptsSotheby'sOtherDecember 11, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/TMXkxk
English Literature, History, Children's Books & IllustrationsSotheby'sOtherDecember 12, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/KfMNBm
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 12, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/7em4Aw
Arts d'Afrique et d'OcéanieSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 12, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/aFv5MW
History of Science and TechnologySotheby'sOtherDecember 12, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/2tUoKL
Important DesignSotheby'sOtherDecember 12, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/FyJMNs
SACS ET ACCESSOIRESChristie'sParisDecember 12, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/Qhha86
INTERIORSChristie'sFurnitureDecember 12, 2017Amsterdamhttps://goo.gl/E16AF8
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 12, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/yCk4F6
Entertainment MemorabiliaBonhamsMemorabiliaDecember 13, 2017 London, Knightsbridgehttps://goo.gl/rW4uuc
Fine ClocksBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 13, 2017 London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/oU5Cd3
Fine Watches and WristwatchesBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 13, 2017 London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/EDCPzD
Finest and Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/fBh6PL
19th Century European PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/6t4hQz
19th & 20th Century SculptureSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/JuA3ri
VICTORIAN PRE-RAPHAELITE & BRITISH IMPRESSIONIST ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/V1kcCv
ART D'ASIEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/VcjAqh
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Amsterdamhttps://goo.gl/yCk4F6
INTERIORSChristie'sFurnitureDecember 13, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/E16AF8
Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/uUjTvk
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 14, 2017Genevahttps://goo.gl/hP2jLS
19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN & ORIENTALIST ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/R17ybY
TOPOGRAPHICAL PICTURESChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/RDA4Sv
DESIGNChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/gcG5Lo
Important JudaicaSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 20, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/X5bD8D
Israeli & International ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 20, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/RPZgaX

 

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