Lot #3309 Watches and Clocks in The Sir David Salomons Collection
Estimate: $100 – $200
“””Watches and Clocks in The Sir David Salomons Collection”” by George Daniels & Ohannes Markarian.
Sir David Salomons (1851-1925) a philanthropist, scientist, first director of the City of London Electric Lighting Company, and Member of Parliament for Kent England, was the greatest Breguet collector and historian ever. In his lifetime, he compiled an astounding collection of Breguets, most importantly the Marie-Antoinette skeletonized masterpiece. When he wrote his seminal book in 1921, he owned 87 fine examples and had “”weeded out”” dozens of less important pieces. After its publication, he continued to collect, amassing 124 pieces. Upon his death, he donated 57 to Jerusalem`s Museum of Islamic Art (which was built by his daughter Vera), and his wife inherited the rest. In 1963, she walked into Sothebys London to arrange the auction of the remaining pieces, wherein a department assistant shooed her away. He simply wouldn`t believe that this old lady had 67 genuine watches by A-L. Breguet. They were subsequently sold by Christie`s in three sales between 1964 and 1965. Tragically in 1983, shortly after George Daniels cataloged the Salomons collection in the Jerusalem Museum of Islamic Art, highly organized thieves burglarized the museum. The lost items were valued then at $6 million, including the Marie Antoinette. Today`s value is immeasurable. They came specifically for the 57 piece Breguet collection, which has not been seen since.”