Part of Elton John's collection raises $8M on Christie's auction opening night

13:15, February 23

A portion of Elton John's collection raked in an impressive $8 million on the opening night of Christie's "Collection of Sir Elton John Goodbye Peachtree Road" auction. The first night of the event featured just 49 lots, including photographs by Richard Avedon, Versace china, and more.

His watch, a Rolex Daytona, set a new world auction record for this model. Model 116598 comes in a 40mm 18k gold case.

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According to Christie's, the watch was made around 2001, but made its debut at the 2004 Basel Fair, where its outlandish design caused a stir. In addition to the leopard print dial, the watch features a bezel set with 36 square-cut yellow sapphires and a cap set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds. The model also features eight numbers set with diamonds. The watch went under the hammer for $176,400.

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But the most expensive lot was Banksy’s triptych “Flower Thrower,” which the singer had purchased directly from the artist. The estimated sale price was between $1 million and $1.5 million, but the painting ultimately sold for $1,925,500.

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A pair of silver leather platform boots and Sir Winston Eyeware sunglasses also topped their estimates. The boots, with the letters "E" and "J" in red, went for $94,500. Meanwhile, stunning sunglasses circa 1975 sold for $22,680. The 1990

Bentley Continental in which the musician traveled from Atlanta to the south of France earned a whopping $441,000. Two other watch models also achieved outstanding sales results. John's limited edition Cartier Crash sold for $277,200, while his Cartier Tank Normale—for $176,400. 

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