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Hermès 2003 Blue de Presse Birkin 35 handbag estimated at £5000 -7000 at Fellows.

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Auction house William George has had a run of stand-out Rolex watches up for offer this autumn. One highlight is this 1954 Rolex 6538 Submariner Red Depth stainless steel watch with a black dial which is on sale in a timed auction running until November 21. The catalogue description reports that “starting with Dr No, Sean Connery wore a 6538 in several James Bond films. This catapulted the watch to stardom… It has a dizzying number of dial variations for such a short production run of only four years (1955-59)… The 6538 is the most sought-after Submariners in collecting history.” It is estimated at £200,000-250,000.


A 1954 Rolex 6538 Submariner Red Depth stainless steel watch estimated at £200,000-250,000 at William George.

Also this month is Fellows’ Designer Collection auction on November 19. Among the 460 lots are a number of handbags by designer label Hermès including seven Birkin bags.

Named after actress Jane Birkin, the style is highly sought-after due to the limited supply made by the French label. Estimates range from £2200-7000.

Over in the US, Luxe Events is launching two jewellery, watch, art, and antique shows at the Naples Woman’s Club in Florida in the new year. The Luxe Naples Show will run from January 4-6, 2019, and will coincide with the Naples New Year’s Eve Art Show. The show will host 25 dealers. The following month The Luxe Naples Show, from February 15-17, will host more than 60 exhibitors.


Dealer Symbolic & Chase, whose wares include this snake bracelet, will be among the exhibitors at Luxe Events' Florida fair.

Moving to France, Christie’s in Paris is to offer dresses, suits and accessories belonging to French actress Catherine Deneuve. She is auctioning her collection of haute couture outfits, many of them one-off pieces made by Yves Saint Laurent, as she is downsizing and no longer has room for the collection. The actress was the designer’s muse for many years and first met him when she was married to the British photographer David Bailey. The collection includes coats, suits, dresses and accessories and the lots will be exhibited between January 19-24 at Christie’s saleroom in Paris. Around 150 lots will be offered on January 24 in the auction house along an online sale on January 23-29, 2019. 

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent. Image: ©Jean-Luce Huré.