An English ebony bracket clock was recently sold for a whopping £692,000 ($1.1 million). Why the steep price? Because it is believed to have been designed in 1801 for Napoleon’s “Exposition publique des produits de l’industrie Francaise”. It is attributed to watch manufacturer Ahasuerus Fromanteel. Bonhams sold the piece at its Fine Clocks and Watches sale in London.
Before being recently found in a private European clock collection, the timepiece was believed lost for two centuries. Its seller’s grandfather had bought it a long time ago, but it’s not clear when. The seller sais she remembers it to have been in the family home since the 1950s.
Other notable sales at the event include a rare 17th century table clock by Joseph Knibb, sold for £126,000 (approx. $202,400) and a 17th century timepiece by Thomas Tompion, that went for £156,000 (approx. $250,600).