International auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields held its fall auction of Salon Jewelry on September 21, 2009 during the company’s first jewelry sale at The Venetian Las Vegas. Property from the 400-lot auction was exhibited and sold during a simulcast sale in the space formerly occupied by The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum.
The marquee lot of the sale was a very fine and rare 18K gold Ulysse Nardin automatic hour repeating wristwatch estimated between $25,000 and $35,000 from the Clavius Collection. The handsome piece featured 41-jewel automatic movement with 22K gold engraved rotor, and a lapis lazuli dial boasting applied gold Arabic numerals. Following a round of competitive bidding, the remarkable timepiece brought $45,750.
Additional highlights of note from the Clavius Collection included a fine limited edition 18K white gold fly-back Glashutte chronograph wristwatch (sold for: $17,080); a fine stainless steel Ulysse Nardin automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch (sold for: $8,540); and a fine and unusual 18K rose gold automatic wristwatch boasting a Las Vegas-inspired roulette wheel indication (sold for $7,930).
Jewelry highlights from the September auction at The Venetian Las Vegas included a sapphire and diamond flower brooch (sold for: $10,370); a Bulgari yellow sapphire and diamond ring (sold for: $8,540); a playful multi-color sapphire and diamond necklace (sold for: $7,930); and a classic diamond eternity band (sold for: $7,930).
Bonham’s & Butterfields auction previews at The Venetian will continue until the Natural History auction on October 3, 2009.