The Monaco Legend Group held a strongly curated Spring 2024 sale over the weekend of April 21 and 22 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monte Carlo, selling over 98.5% of lots to reach a total sale of 22.6 million euros, two consecutive house records for the Monaco auction house.

Some truly remarkable timepieces found new owners over three sessions under the hammer at Le Meridien, but the highlight of the auction was undeniably a Rolex Split Second Chronograph from the collection of John Goldberger. Considered to be the pinnacle of Rolex’s watchmaking, this watch was manufactured in a very limited run of just 12 pieces, exclusively in 1942. This highly sought after Rolex sold for 3.28 million euros.

1942 Rolex Split Second Chronograph

Extraordinary examples from other watchmakers such as Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet also attracted serious bids that ultimately contributed to the record 22.6 million euro total sale.

MLG Co-Chairman Davide Parmegiani was delighted with the result of the auction, and said “we are once again thrilled with the outcome of our auction, where the strong results clearly speak for themselves. The continued strength of the market for rare and important watches with distinguished provenance is evident, and it underscores the discerning nature of today’s collectors.”

Meanwhile, MLG founder and Co-Chairman Claude Cohen expressed his gratitude to the people involved in making this auction such a success; “I would like to extend my deepest thanks to our entire team, whose dedication and hard work made this event possible. The remarkable participation from international bidders, both in the room and online, underscores the global reach and credibility that Monaco Legend Group has achieved in the world of watch auctions.”

Featured image: MLG founder and Co-Chairman Claude Cohen auctioning off a Patek Philippe Split Seconds that once belonged to Amelia Earhart, the historically significant timepiece eventually sold for 1.79 million euros