Warhol's Cartier Tank Solo watch brings 431.2% increase to US auction

Andy Warhol was always at the height of fashion, so of course he wore the Cartier Tank Solo wristwatch - the epitome of style in its day.

The artist and style icon was once quoted as saying: "I don't wear a Tank watch to tell the time. In fact, I never wind it. I wear a Tank watch because it's the watch to wear." His watch has now sold as part of a November 8 auction, which took place in Chicago.

Andy Warhol Cartier Tank Wristwatch
Warhol was a legendary hoarder, as proved by the sale of his estate

The watch was first acquired at Sotheby's 1988 auction of The Andy Warhol Collection, which saw an array of objects that were cleared from the "legendary hoarder's" six-storey Manhattan townhouse following his death. The sale spanned 10 days, seeing some extraordinary results as bidders clamoured to invest in his legacy.

The Cartier watch was bought by one David Stickelber - a well known supporter of the arts - and was consigned to the present auction from his estate. A 14 karat gold piece with a black crocodile strap, it was displayed at Stickelber's home in an illuminated shadow box frame, along with a copy of the catalogue from the 1988 auction.

The watch was sold complete with its display frame for $10,625, making an impressive 431.2% increase on its $2,000 high estimate.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering another item from Warhol's stylish wardrobe - the black Halston polo neck jumper that he was so frequently pictured wearing.

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