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New York state of mind

Ahead of the autumn sale of a star lot, Laura Chesters hears why the time is right for Phillips to expand its US watch business

Aurel Bacs, Phillips

Aurel Bacs can barely contain himself. “My first rush of adrenaline came when I finally held the watch in my hand.”

Phillips’ Zurich-born watch expert has handled countless multimillion dollar specimens, but Bacs is referring to the Rolex Daytona that once belonged to the late actor Paul Newman, which he is due to auction in New York on October 26.

Versions of the so-called Paul Newman model have resold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. But this particular example is Newman’s very own, inscribed by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward and passed down via his daughter Nell.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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