ANDY WARHOL'S ROLEX Rose Gold Perpetual Wristwatch Ref 4021
Former Property of an American Icon
Andy Warhol was arguably the most famous American artist. His work influenced decades of popular culture and will continue to inspire future generations. When his original paintings come up for auction, they sell for prices that rival only the greatest painters in history. This man was an icon of modern design, celebrating both the grandest and the most mundane in unparalleled fashion.
Mr. Warhol was also a collector of vintage items and a history enthusiast; mirroring the manner in which his art was a clever display of irony, he was a contemporary artist obsessed with items from the past. His interests were diverse and abundant—he collected art deco, art nouveau and retro jewelry, American Indian art, Contemporary art and bits of historic Americana. From all accounts, he truly appreciated the rarity and artistic value these items held. He acquired so many treasures throughout his life that, upon his death, it took Sotheby's nine days to auction off all of his possessions.
Among these heirlooms were numerous timepieces, many of which Mr. Warhol clearly chose for their unique aesthetic. Fourtane has been fortunate enough to acquire one of the finer Rolex watches that was originally sold at the Sotheby's auction of his estate in 1988. The watch is pictured in the catalog from this auction and those records will accompany the watch upon its purchase.
Provenance is everything with vintage artifacts of historical importance and having such uncontested pedigree adds tremendous value to this timepiece, however the watch itself is handsome and rare: an 18 karat yellow gold wristwatch from the 1940s with an early "bubble back" automatic movement in a slim 33mm "dress watch" case. The watch has a restored silver matte dial with Arabic numerals and sub-seconds dial.
Mr. Warhol wore this watch with the addition of an adjustable "bypass" style 10kt yellow gold and stainless steel ribbed non-Rolex bracelet.
Much attention has been received by several important "celebrity" watches recently sold, most notably Steve McQueen's Tag Heuer Monaco from the movie Le Mans, which recently fetched an astounding $799,500 at auction.
This timepiece represents an illustrious piece of American history and offers a rare opportunity to own a bit of the Andy Warhol legacy at a fraction of the price of one of his works of art.
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