Heuer Monaco Worn By Steve McQueen In LeMans And Gifted To His Personal Mechanic
The sale also set a record price for any Heuer timepiece, with the iconic Swiss movement fake TAG Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans and that he had gifted to his personal mechanic, Haig Alltounian. It sold for $2.2 million, 10 times its estimate. This 1:1 high-quality fake watch was an incredibly important watch on so many fronts, and McQueen’s wearing it in the movie was most likely what put the Monaco on the world map. At the end of the last day of filming, McQueen took the watch (one of six worn on the set) off of his wrist and gifted it to his personal mechanic and the mechanic for all of the cars in the film, Haig Alltounian. Before giving it to Alltounian, McQueen had the case back engraved with the words “Thank you for keeping me alive all these months.”
Sly Stallone’s Watches
Five copy watches from Sylvester Stallone’s personal collection were up for auction, as well, and they commanded some nice prices. The Panerai Luminor he wore in the movie Daylight achievied $214,200. It is considered one of the most important modern Panerai wristwatches to ever be sold publicly, because it signified the brand’s modern-day renaissance. In total, Sly’s selection of pieces by Richard Mille all soared past their estimates, most notably the skeleton dial replica Richard Mille Ref. RM 52-01, which realized $998,000. and the RM 032 that he wore in the movie The Expendables III sold for $816, 500. The RM 25-01 Adventure Tourbillon Chronograph — that was created as an answer to “What watch would Rambo wear?” sold for $937,500.
Other brands also sold well at the auction. Vintage and modern Patek Philippe wristwatches sold particularly well, with a modern brown leather strap fake Patek Philippe Ref. 3974G minute repeater with perpetual calendar, one of only 5 known, achieving a remarkable $1,022,200. A vintage perpetual calendar watch, Ref. 3448, nicknamed the “Pristine Padellone” and consigned by the family of the original owner, achieved $529,200 at auction.