The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Eric Clapton watch sells for $4.4m at auction


GENEVA (AFP) - A platinum wristwatch belonging to British guitarist Eric Clapton sold for 3.4 million Swiss francs (S$4.4 million) in Geneva ON Monday, auction house Christie's said.

The "exceptionally rare" watch made by Patek Philippe in 1987 was snapped up by an anonymous Asian buyer, Christie's spokesman Christiano De Lorenzo told AFP, adding that the price was in the middle of the estimate.

The only other time the platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases was on auction, in 1989, it sold for just US$250,999.

Clapton, 67, known for his work with rock bands Cream and the Yardbirds and for songs including Crossroads, Layla and Tears in Heaven, had purchased the luxury timepiece privately after that auction for an undisclosed price, Mr De Lorenzo said.