Andy Warhol’s Perfect Fake Patek Philippe To Sell At Christie’s

We’ve given plenty of Andy Warhol’s watches their 15 minutes of fame here on our site, and now another one of the Factory founder’s pieces is up for auction.

Warhol, a leading figure in Pop Art and avant-garde filmmaking, had a wide-ranging interest in watches. The Gumby watch gifted to friend and fellow artist Keith Haring is at one end of the spectrum. Most famously there’s the Cartier Tank he left unwound. And he also had a traditional luxury fake Patek Philippe Calatrava, which used the company’s very first automatic caliber. We covered it when it came up at auction in 2013.

Another Calatrava with Warhol provenance is hitting the virtual auction block this June at Christie’s New York. It’s a double-signed ref. 570 formerly owned by the wig-wearing artist. Sold by the Roman retailer Hausmann & Co (and bearing the Hausmann signature), it was previously offered by Sotheby’s in the 1988 auction of “The Andy Warhol Collection,” Christie’s says. Included with the watch are an extract from the high-end fake Patek Philippe archives and a copy of the 1988 Sotheby’s catalog showing the watch as lot 264.

A round, 35mm yellow-gold dress replica watches for sale with classic proportions and applied yellow gold markers, it’s about as classic as a watch can be. In terms of sheer horological thrill, a gold Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 570 copy with white dial might not be the most exciting thing one’s likely to find, but this example has something going for it beyond the Warhol connection. Throw in the second signature by a cool Italian retailer founded in the late 1700s, and you have something special on your hands.

Lot number 73 comes with a pre-sale estimate of $45,000 to $95,000 and leads an online sale of 124 lots. The sale commences at 10 AM ET on 8 June and ends at 10 AM ET on 22 June.

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