A magnificent Elgin pocket watch owned by actor James Dean has sold with spectacular results at Antiquorum's June 22 auction in Hong Kong.
The circa 1889 watch, which is engraved with Dean's initials, made an impressive $41,888 - a 318.8% increase on its $10,000 high estimate.
James Dean reportedly bought the watch in 1951, while still attempting to find his feet as a Hollywood actor.
It soon became one of his most treasured possessions, accompanying him on the sets of various films, including East of Eden. To hide his initials while filming, the watch was given an alternative cover.
After achieving success as a Hollywood heartthrob, Dean gifted the watch to Warner Bros staffer Tillie Starriet, whom he affectionately called "Mom".
The strong results seen by the watch are further proof of the James Dean Effect.
A limited edition platinum example of the A Lange & Sohne Tourbograph Pour le Merite (Ref 702.025F) commanded the highest bids of the auction, selling for $344,129.
There were just 51 examples of the watch produced in 2007, making this a very rare appearance at auction. It features a platinum case with a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, split second chronograph, registers and a 36-hour power reserve.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a Longines Olympic Series wristwatch, a perfect item for those looking for a classic yet modern design from a highly respected Swiss brand.