A Patek Philippe Wristwatch Owned by the Last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty Sells for HK$49 Million/ US$6.2 Million

The Imperial Patek Philippe Sale on 23 May 2023 realized HK$52 million/ US$6.6 million. This historic evening held at Phillips’ new Asia headquarters in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District.

The auction was led by its star lot – the Patek Philippe reference 96 Quantieme Lune once belonging to Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, which sold for HK$49 million/ US$6.2 million. The timepiece sold to an Asian collector.

Patek Philippe Reference 96 Wristwatch
A Patek Philippe Reference 96 Quantieme Lune formerly from the collection of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, Copyright: Phillips/Jess Hoffman

Exceptional results also achieved for other artefacts offered in the sale. The red paper fan that Puyi personally inscribed and gifted to his interpreter Georgy Permyakov in Tokyo sold for HK$609,600/US$77,846, six times its pre-sale estimate.

A manuscript notebook provides a never-before-seen glimpse into the mind of Puyi and a leather-bound edition of Confucius’ Analects sold for HK$952,500/ US$121,634, almost five times its pre-sale estimate.

Sale Total: HK$51,898,000 / US$6,627,375