In 1988, just one year after the death of the King of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, his Cartier watch was auctioned off by Sotheby’s auctioneers. The winning bidder was art patron, David A. Stickelber.
Mr Stickelber purchased this watch $4,950 and he displayed the watch in an illuminated shadow box frame with a copy of the catalogue for the Jewelry and Watches auction of The Andy Warhol Collection. The frame also includes its original lot sticker and tag from the auction preview.
In 2012, David Stickelber’s estate was auctioned off by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Amongst his possessions was the Cartier Tank watch that once belonged to Andy Warhol. The watch pictured above is a Cartier Tank Solo in 18k yellow gold with a white dial and black iconic roman numerals. This watch was fitted on a black alligator strap and has a gold cabachon crown. In Andy Warhol’s words in 1973, “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!”
The original auction estimates were originally between $1,500-$2,500. The watch sold for a staggering $10,625! This is 5 times the high end of the auction estimate.
It’s mind blowing that in the new world that we live in today and new generation of art collectors, the demand for Andy Warhol’s work and belongings are increasing by the minute. 2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of his death and I am sure it will be an epic celebration of his life’s work that will transcend the world forever!
To read my other article about Andy Warhol’s Rolex watch, click here