Timepieces spanning from 1760 to 2015 brought Sotheby’s its highest-ever total for a ‘various-owner’ sale of Important Watches in New York, achieving $12.5 million / CHF 11.6 million (sale estimate $6.5–10 million) with a very strong 88.8% of lots sold. The centerpiece of the auction was a magnificent private collection of 22 Swiss enameled automata that together brought $6.1 million / CHF 5.7 million (collection estimate $2.3–3.6 million). The collection offered the finest examples from the golden age of Swiss watchmaking during the Industrial Revolution, when noted makers such as Jaquet-Droz and Piguet & Meylan married technology and artistry to create miraculous objects in miniature. Katharine Thomas, Head of Sotheby’s Watch Department in New York, commented:

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