michael caine Oysterquartz Day-Date

Michael Caine's Oysterquartz Day-Date Rolex Sells for record price at auction | Source: Time+Tide Watches

Sir Michael Caine’s Record-Breaking Personal Collection Sells at Bonhams

Ahead of his 89th birthday, beloved British actor Michael Caine teamed up with London auction house Bonhams to sell an array of his and Lady Caine’s, personal memorabilia.

The one-of-a-kind sale realised over A$1.5 million on a pre-sale estimate of A$559,000.

A testament to Caine’s lasting popularity, all 183 lots comprising everything from vintage film posters and autographed photos to personal furniture, watches and artwork, were snapped up by fans.

Described as an autobiography in objects, the incredible collection is an insight into the life and career of the legendary actor and a window into his appreciation for the finer things, most notably timepieces.

The star of the show, an 18K Yellow Gold Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date from 1979, fetched A$222,890 setting a new world record price for the model.

Sir Michael Caine’s Rolex | Source: Boss Hunting

The watch worn by Caine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels sold for ten times the pre-sale estimate of A$14,000 – A$21,000.

This was a fantastic result. The Rolex Oysterquartz was a groundbreaking watch cased in typical Rolex style but it was really the stardust of Sir Michael Caine that captured the imagination of our bidders with frenzied bidding until the last two battled for the last few bids.

Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams Global Head of Watches

The Oysterquartz Day-Date marked a crossover of design functionality boasting accurate quartz technology Rolex had only debuted two years earlier. 

It wasn’t the only watch however that garnered keen interest. A Patek Philippe La Flamme belonging to Caine’s wife, Lady Shakira Caine, sold for almost A$34,000 – nearly three times its estimate.

A Breitling Navitimer that was a regular fixture on Caine in the 90s and early 2000s fetched around A$19,300. It was also worn by Caine in 2008 when left his handprints at the Forecourt of the Stars outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Cain’s Breitling Navitimer
Cain’s Breitling Navitimer
Two pairs of Caine’s glasses
Caine’s glasses sold for over A$7,300 | Source: Robb Report

Other high profile items commanding handsome prices included a director’s chair used by Caine during the 1971 movie Get Carter, which sold for A$29,166.

Two pairs of Caine’s trademark glasses sold for three times its estimate reaching over A$7,300 and a portrait of the actor by John Bratby sold for over A$56,000 on an estimate of no more than A$5,400.

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