A Closer Look at Elton John’s Timepieces Going under the Hammer at the Forthcoming Christie’s Auction

The music legend’s collection includes rare Rolex Daytonas, piece-unique Chopards, and one-of-a-kind Cartiers
A Closer Look at Elton John’s Timepieces Going under the Hammer at the Forthcoming Christie’s Auction
January 25, 2024
A Closer Look at Elton John’s Timepieces Going under the Hammer at the Forthcoming Christie’s Auction

An eight-part series of landmark sales at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in New York will present music legend Elton John’s iconic collection, once housed in his former Atlanta home. The auction, named 'The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road’, will commence with an evening sale on Wednesday, February 21, and showcase a distinctive collection of works of art, objects and memorabilia, many of them crafted specifically for the maestro’s home on Peachtree Road in the American city of Atlanta.

Elton John Christie's auction Atlanta
The maestro shared a special connection with his Atlanta home, as evidenced by the collection going under the hammer at Christie's next month

The city of Atlanta played a crucial role in John’s life, becoming the hub he would return to throughout his numerous tours within the United States. He solidified this connection to Atlanta in 1992 when he acquired the condominium in Park Place on Peachtree Road. His unexpected choice of Atlanta as a residence was driven by personal reasons.

The eight sales, to be held online and live, will present his extraordinary collection that “not only showcases a diverse array of remarkable objects that encapsulates Elton’s unique life, work and art, but also provides our clients with a glimpse into the profound impact that the city of Atlanta had on him”, according to Tash Perrin, deputy chairman of Christie’s Americas.

Elton John Atlanta home
From unique art and objects to timepieces, John's Atlanta home was filled with an exquisite collection of memorabilia

The collection includes artwork by pioneering artists, such as Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Beard, Herb Ritts, and Richard Avedon, a selection of fashion pieces from the iconic performer's dazzling stage wardrobe, and, of course, watches.

Some of GMT India’s favourite picks from his stunning collection include the following timepieces.

Rolex ‘Leopard’ Daytona, Ref. 116598SACO, case no. K591067, circa 2001

Rolex Leopard Daytona Elton John

Rolex ‘Leopard’ Daytona, the bold and overtly flamboyant design of this unusual model, first launched in 2004, immediately stands out. Crafted from 18 ct gold, it features 48 brilliant cut diamonds set into the lugs and 36 square-cut orange sapphires set on the bezel.

Estimated price: $40,000-60,000

Cartier Crash, case no. A108446, no. 150/400, circa 1991

Cartier Crash Elton John

Cartier Crash, part of a limited run of 400 examples that were released in 1991, this rare and well-preserved timepiece is made of 18 ct gold and flaunts an asymmetrical deployant clasp. 

Estimated price: $70,000-100,000

Cartier, Ref. 2495, Pasha, circa 2000s

Cartier Pasha Elton John

A very rare limited-edition model crafted from 18 ct white gold and set with diamonds, this sports a Cloisonné dial depicting a dragon.

Estimated price: $15,000-25,000

Cartier, Tank Normale, case no. 646’570, circa 2000s

Cartier Tank Normale Elton John

A possibly unique model, it has an 18 ct white gold case and 20 spectacular baguette diamonds set into the bezel and an additional 16 blue baguette sapphires adorning the dial. The octagonal crown is set with a round diamond, and the Cartier 'D' deployant clasp is also crafted from 18 ct white gold and diamonds.

Estimated price: $20,000-30,000

Chopard, Ref. 1279, case no. 1753500, circa 2010s

Chopard Elton John

An Elton John AIDS Foundation piece unique model, this stunning white gold and diamond-set automatic chronograph comes with an additional date indication.

Estimated price: $10,000-15,000

Online sales open for bids on February 9. The collection will be part of an exhibition that will be free and open to the public from February 9 through February 21, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Image credits: Christie's