Eric Clapton’s platinum-cased Patek Philippe 2499 watch to auction for $4.3 million
English guitarist and singer-songwriter will be more richer by auctioning his Patek Philippe watch. Just a day ago we got an announcement of Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis teaming up and now the sale.
Just a brief update that why should the watch be auctioned for this much. Check out the fan craze. Tickets went on sale to the general public on Friday, 21 September for Eric Clapton’s 2013 UK Concerts. Due to high demand, two more shows were added to the run at the Royal Albert Hall and were immediately put on sale. The new dates are Friday 24 May and Sunday 26 May in addition to 17, 18, 20, 21 and 23 which were previously announced. Eric Clapton & His Band will also perform in Birmingham on 13 May and Manchester on 14 May 2013. It wasn’t really easy for him to get all this and stand proud of where he is today. It was extraordinarily difficult for an unmarried 16-year-old to raise a child on her own in the mid-1940s. Pat’s parents, Rose and Jack Clapp, stepped in as surrogate parents and raised Eric as their own. Thus, he grew up believing his mother was his sister. His grandparents never legally adopted him, but remained his legal guardians until 1963. Eric’s last name comes from Rose’s first husband and Pat’s father, Reginald Cecil Clapton (d. 1933).
Described to be just ‘spectacular’, the rock star’s platinum-cased Patek Philippe is one of just two of its type and the only one which has ever been available for sale. Notably, this legendary masterpiece of horology, which is part of the ‘Slowhand’ Eric Clapton’s extensive watch collection that include several Rolexes, will go under the hammer at the Christie’s Geneva sale on November 12 at the Four Seasons hotel, where it’s expected to fetch a handsome price of $4.3 million. Also, at the Geneva sale, collectors will get to grab a 76-carat Golconda diamond ‘Archduke Joseph Diamond’, which is expected to fetch over $15 million.
Out of two limited units, one now highlights the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva, and the other platinum-cased 2499 watch ended up in the hands of Eric Clapton. The watch before being acquired by Clapton was owned by Europe’s prominent collector Vintage Patek Philippe watches, who bought it when it was first offered on sale at the historical “The Art of Patek Philippe’ auction in Geneva, back in 1989.