Antiquorum selling Paul Newman’s racing gear
March 31, 2014
His role in the 1969 film Winning sparked actor Paul Newman’s interest in racing. He went on to race for the Bob Sharp Team from the mid-1970s to early 1990s, and his suit and helmet will be offered at Antiquorum’s upcoming sale.
New York--The suit and helmet worn by actor and race-car driver Paul Newman in the 1980s is expected to sell for up to $70,000 at Antiquorum’s April 9 sale.
The red, white and blue suit and helmet are accompanied by photos of Newman wearing them, as well as a letter of authenticity written by P. Avanzato, a fabricator at Bob Sharp Racing from 1972 to 1987.
Keeping with the racing theme, the sale also will offer an Omega Speedmaster watch given to race- car builder and Maybelline heir Jerry Westhouse by Newman Haas Racing in 1977. The self-winding stainless steel wristwatch, made in 1996, features a round-button chronograph and registers and has a pre-sale high estimate of $8,000.
Antiquorum’s 302-lot auction of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, which will be held in New York, will also feature a number of wristwatches from Patek Philippe.
A Patek Philippe Ref. 5102 “Celestial” astronomic wristwatch produced in 2003 is expected to sell for as much as $200,000. The white gold watch features mean time indication, nocturnal sky of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit and time of the meridian passage of Sirius and the moon.