A perfect replica Cartier Crash owned by Sir Elton John is going under the hammer at Christie’s New York next month as part of a sale of items from the singer’s home in Atlanta.
A series of eight auctions begins in New York and online on February 21.
Atlanta became a home from home for Elton John when he toured the United States, and he put down roots in 1992 when he bought an apartment on Peachtree Road in the city.
The address became the name of Sir Elton’s twenty-seventh studio album, released in November 2004.
It is also used as a headline for the auction series, which is dubbed The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road.
He reportedly sold the condo at the end of last year and is holding his equivalent of a garage sale at Christie’s.
Objects from Peachtree Road include art by the likes of Andy Warhol, Helmut Newtozn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Beard, Herb Ritts and Richard Avedon; some of which are personalised for the singer.
A Damien Hirst signed and inscribed ‘xxx for Elton + David love Damien Thank You,’ has an estimate of $350,000-450,000.
Sir Elton John is a keen watch collector, but the only timepiece that has so far been publicised by Christie’s is a 1991 Swiss movement replica Cartier Crash.
The 18ct gold copy watch with a silvered dial has an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000.
That is an estimate designed to lure in buyers. A recent equivalent aaa quality fake Cartier Crash, without a celebrity connection, sold at Sotheby’s in London for $191,000 in September last year.