Highlights From Auction House's Luxury Week 2023

The auction house kicks off the month of June with the annual sales series encompassing the finest objects.

Fine jewelry, rare watches, designer handbags, and more await at Sotheby’s Luxury Week auctions. A series of nine auctions will run from June 8 to 16 at the auction house’s New York location, where several items have been on exhibition.

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Magnificent Jewels

Among the most notable items are two precious gemstones. At 10.57 carats, The Eternal Pink is the “most significant pink diamond to ever appear at auction,” according to Sotheby’s.

The Eternal Pink Diamond
The Eternal Pink diamond | Image via Sotheby’s website

Meanwhile, the 55.22 carat Estrela de Fura ruby is the largest of its kind to ever come to auction. It’s expected to fetch over $30 million and if achieved, it would become the most expensive ruby ever sold.

Important Watches

The Important Watches auction will be offering two Rolex Daytona watches owned by the legendary movie star and race car driver Paul Newman. Both timepieces are estimated to fetch $500,000 to $1 million.

Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona watches
Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona watches | Image via Sotheby’s website

Also coming to auction is a rare “Pink on Pink” Patek Philippe ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph. The watch was made in 1946 and sold in 1947, remaining with the original owner’s family ever since. The timepiece has a low estimate of $2.5 million and a high estimate of $4.5 million.

Handbags & Accessories

One of the rarest handbags available during Luxury Week is a limited edition Hermès silver metallic chèvre Birkin, expected to fetch $50,000 to $80,000. Made in 2004, the interior of the bag has a black chèvre leather lining.

Hermès Birkin
Hermès Birkin | Image via Sotheby’s website

Aside from these categories, the sale will also encompass sneakers, spirits, wine, real estate and more. “This Luxury Week is a testament to both the unique and the exceptional,” says the auction house. “Each sale celebrates extraordinary objects and the individuals and artisans behind them, many of which have left indelible marks on our cultural history.”

Banner image via Sotheby’s official website.

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