Singer's watches and jewellery fetches high price at auction

First published: 30-04-2009

Watches and jewellery belonging to a legendary Egyptian singer have been sold at auction in Dubai.

Christie's Middle East sold more than 120 watches as part of the collection, which contributed to total sales of over $4 million (£2.7 million).

The jewellery belonged to Umm Kelthum, who died in 1975, but who has been remembered in the Middle East once more through her impressive collection of expensive items.

Among the more expensive lots were a multi-strand pearl necklace, which fetched an impressive $80,500 (£54,638).

"Buying was selective but nearly three-quarters of the value of the sale was bought by Middle Eastern buyers, an encouraging sign of the developing jewelry and watch market in the region," said David Warren, director of jewellery for Christie's Middle East.

Watch sales totalled $1,227,550 (£833,460), of which 97 per cent were sold in lots to bidders from countries including Greece, Singapore, Indonesia and the UAE.

The event took place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, the retail website of which was recently made accessible to disabled users.

© Copyright WATCH SHOP UK - DO NOT COPY

Related articles

A guide to choosing a gold watch

Posted: 09-02-2019

Make a statement with a gold watch this New Year and give your outfit that little something special, whatever the occasion. Browse designs for men and women from brands including Guess, Armani Exchange, Coach, and more.

A guide to buying a silver watch: Gifts for him and for her

Posted: 07-02-2019

Enhance your wardrobe with a silver watch for every occasion. From classic designs to out-of-this-world pieces, explore some of our favourite silver watches from top brands, including Gucci, Raymond Weil, and STORM.

Watch and jewellery trends for 2019

Posted: 07-02-2019

Relax, we’ve found the watch and jewellery trends that are going to help you look your best in 2019. Browse our full collection of the newest accessories from brands including Llarsen, Storm, and Guess.

Your guide to gifting a watch this Valentine's Day

Posted: 01-02-2019

Make Valentine's Day 2019 a memorable one for all the right reasons and gift the lady or gent in your life with a watch they'll love. Discover beautiful new designs from Hugo Boss, Olivia Burton, Jean Paul Gaultier and more in our gift guide.