On the Auction Block: Rare Patek Philippe, Lincoln’s Checks, and a Diamond for $12 Million

Blair Pfander

Some people advise subtlety, but when you’re a high-roller shopper confronted with the sumptuousness of the upcoming April auctions, how can you be anything but over-the-top?
For example, a super-rare Patek Phillipe watch—which is rendered in pink gold and festooned in blue sapphires—is hitting Bonham’s this month and may be the most luxurious timepiece money can buy (with estimates ranging close to $650,000, it ought to be).
Of course, if watches don’t interest you, maybe a rare Imperial cigarette case (produced by the House of Fabergé for the royal Romanov family) will. And if you really feel like indulging yourself, nothing is quite so relaxing as gazing into a $12 million dollar diamond, like the massive pear-shaped rock hitting Sotheby’s auction block on April 17.

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