Artcurial’s Champs-Elysées salerooms in Paris may be the epicentre of the French auction house, but its lesser-known outpost in Monaco has in recent years been coming into its own. Take, for example, 2012’s sale of classic cars from HSH Prince Rainer III’s personal collection, which featured an iconic 1913 Panhard & Levassor X19 roadster (sold for €81,325); or, in January of this year, the glamorous auctioning of some 4,000 lots from the storied Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo. Distinctively Monégasque in style and flair, these auctions have been exciting complements to Artcurial’s annual summer one – held each July in the principality for the past decade and focusing specifically on luxury: watches, jewellery and vintage Hermès bags.
Local demand for such items is on the uptick and to this end Artcurial is now adding an annual winter sale – the first kicking off in January (18-20). Taking place at the Yacht Club de Monaco, the focus will again be on luxury collectables – welcome news for past bidders who have borne witness to standout lots and smashed records.
In the upcoming January sale, jewellery aficionados can expect the finest Place Vendôme names; a 1950s platinum and gold rivière necklace with baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds (estimate £15,500-£17,600, second picture) is among the standout lots. Coloured diamonds, the collectability of which is currently soaring, will also be represented by a gorgeous pink diamond (£35,300-£49,500) and exceptional blue one (£49,500-£56,500), among others.
Meanwhile, Rolex leads the watch offerings, with noteworthy lots such as a c1978 Daytona Big Red chronograph with a sleek black face and silver dials (£14,100-£17,700, first picture) and a magnificent Sea Dweller Double Rouge Mark IV diving model (£13,200-£18,400). Designs from Audemars Piguet, Blancpain and Cartier will also feature; the latter’s 18ct white-gold ladies’ Tortue with bejewelled bezel (£18,400-£25,700) is particularly eye-catching.
Finally, with 100 handpicked lots coming across the block, the vintage Hermès bags are set to be a big attraction. Expect iconic models and exotic skins, with a suede Kelly (fourth picture) and Mysore goatskin Constance (third picture), each estimated at £4,200 to £5,900, among the chic highlights – and the perfect accoutrements to jump start spring in Riviera style.