The first time I visited an auction house was years ago in Los Angeles. My husband and I visited Sotheby’s. Although no live auctions were taking place, we were still welcomed and had a fascinating chat with one of the reps there. I also purchased a few “collectible” auction catalogues as souvenirs. Jackie O’s was amongst my finds and I often put it out as a coffee table book as its a great conversation piece when guests come over.
You’ve heard of stories of real life treasure hunters like one lucky auction bidder who paid $700
for what he believed to be a sapphire and that later turned out to be a rare tourmaline valued at approximately $20,000.
“Even the experts were fooled,” said Kashif Khan, Managing Director, Ritchies Auctioneers, of the third- party gem experts who believed the stone to be synthetic. “It just goes to show that you can never truly know what you may find when you attend an auction.
Now if you’ve ever wanted to feel and maybe participate in a real live auction, here’s your chance….
For all those seeking exceptional finds and hidden treasures from the collections of some of Toronto’s wealthiest and most notable individuals, you may want to check out Ritchies this Sunday. A drool-worthy assortment of fine jewellery, designer and limited edition handbags (hello Birkin Bags!!) and fine men’s watches.
Here’s just a taste of what to expect…
Fine Jewellery: Included in the over 200 lots of fine jewellery is a stunning, 18-karat,
heart-shaped yellow diamond valued at $2,000,000.
Designer and Limited Edition Handbags: Over 30 lots of designer andlimited edition handbags including four iconic Hermès Birkin bags (no wait list required!), three purses from the renowned House of Chanel and a selection of Louis Vuitton handbags including a limited edition bag with a snakeskin handle, valued at between $4,500 and $6,000, of which only four exist in North America.
Fine Men’s Watches: the auction will also showcase an assortment of luxury men’s watches by legendary watchmaker, Patek Philippe. With an estimated total value of over $3 million, the watches are the epitome of elegance and the perfect addition to any man’s wardrobe.
Clear your credit cards and get ready!
Ritchies Auctioneers is located in Toronto at 777 Richmond Street West.
Auction takes place this Sunday, April 28th
*Fine Jewelley: 1:00 pm
*Designer Handbags: immediately following Fine Jewellery
*Fine Watches: 4 :00 p.m.
Ritchies Auctioneers is Canada’s premier auction house founded in 1868,
with headquarters and secure auction studio located at 777 Richmond Street
West in Toronto, Canada, and offices in New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Ritchies holds more than twenty auctions each year, domestically and
abroad. Auctions feature fine Canadian art, fine jewellery, fine Asian
art, furniture and furnishings, fine silver, vintage fashions, automobiles,
real estate and other personal property. Purchasers include leading
collectors, dealers, designers, curators and discerning private individuals
who have come to trust Ritchies’ experience and expertise.