The Top Auction Lots of 2016

Tuesday 10th January 2017 - Della Bentham


The Top Auction Lots of 2016

A week in to 2017, we have decided to look back at the top selling lots of 2016.

In a year that was plagued by financial uncertainty in the wake of the Brexit vote, and Donald Trump’s victory, it appears that there are still many who are willing to part with a pretty penny for the right items.


Collectors and investors alike are always on the lookout for rare and interesting items to add to their inventory. In fact, 2016 was a year which saw some record-breaking sales!


Looking back at our data from the last year, it seems that classic cars & watches were the top sellers through the Easy Live Auction platform. We take you through a rundown of the top 10 sales of 2016 below:


10) Diamond Single Stone Ring

Sold by Fellows -

Hammer Price: £8800

This stunning ring with a 3.01 carat diamond went under the hammer in October. It came complete with a report from the Gemmological Institute of America stating the diamonds colour and clarity. A truly stunning, yet simple design made it appealing to many which was reflected in the final hammer price when it went up for auction.


9) Cartier 18ct White Gold Set Tortue Wrist Watch

Sold by Fellows -

Hammer Price: £8800


This beautiful Cartier watch had a lot going for it when it went under the hammer in October, not least the desirable Cartier name. The elegant and classy coupling of the white gold and black leather made for the perfect match.


8) AUDEMARS PIGUET - Lady's Royal Oak Offshore chronograph wrist watch

Sold by Fellows -

Hammer Price: £9000


Ladies watches can often look basic compared with the options available to men. This one, however, cannot be accused of being plain. The 18 Carat white gold case with diamond set bezel is exquisite. The chronograph display with subtle pattern also attracts the eye. Despite the fact the chronograph function was faulty, this piece managed to sell for £9k in August.


7) Wooden violin bow, stamped 'E. Sartory A, Paris', 74cm long –

Sold by Eastbourne Auctions -

Hammer Price £9400


This violin bow, which sold in March, is the only lot within our rundown that is not either jewellery or an automobile, and gives the auctioneer Eastbourne Auctions a place within our list, which is otherwise dominated by Barons and Fellows. 


6) AUDEMARS PIGUET – Gentleman’s 18ct white gold Royal Oak Offshore chronograph bracelet watch

Sold by Fellows -

Hammer Price: £11,000


It seems that Audemars Piguet watches were highly desirable in 2016, with a number gracing this rundown. This watch sold in September. A classy, simple masculine piece, which needed to be resealed by a professional to ensure waterproof resistance figures were accurate, still managed to come in at number 6 on this list.


5) 2001 Maserati 3200 GT

Sold by Barons Auctioneers -

Hammer Price: £13,000


With a 2001 registration date, this Maserati is not a classic car, but it is of impeccable heritage being a Maserati! This was the first series production Grand Tourer from Maserati, powered by a twin-turbo, 32-valve, dual overhead cam 3.2-litre V8 engine. This example had extremely low mileage for the age and was reluctantly up for sale by the vendor, we can see why he may have been sad to part with it back in March.


4) 1965 Pontiac Tempest

Sold by Barons Auctioneers -

Hammer Price: £14,000


This 1965 Pontiac Tempest had recently been imported from California when it went under the hammer in December. Having undergone modernisation, it was in fantastic condition and ready to go. Having lived out its life in sunny California, it was rust free & came complete with desirable power steering to make it handle like a dream despite its size!


 3) PATEK PHILIPPE – Lady’s Twenty~4 bracelet watch

Sold by Fellows -

Hammer Price: £19,000


This watch certainly stands out from the crowd. Made from 18 Carat white gold, with a mother of pearl face and set with diamonds, it has the wow factor. This watch sold in November and came complete with the original box and papers.


2) 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe 

Sold by Barons Auctioneers -

Hammer Price: £23,500


Just missing the top spot by £500, this stunning Mustang had many drooling over it when it went under the hammer in April, including me! The white exterior was perfectly complemented by that stunning red interior. This car was described as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, having had some upgrades to enhance its performance in its time.


1) AUDEMARS PIGUET - Gentleman's diamond set 18ct rose gold Royal Oak Off Shore chronograph

Sold by Fellows -

Hammer Price: £24,000


And now we have arrived at the most expensive lot sold through our platform in 2016. Another Audemars Piguet watch, which went under the hammer in August. This diamond set, rose gold wrist wear is not for the shy and retiring types. It certainly stands out whenever worn and is sure to attract admiration wherever it goes.



As reflected in our own figures jewellery lots & classic cars were the top sellers of the year globally.


The 11 most expensive cars sold in 2016, compiled by, lists the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti, which sold at auction in Paris for $35.7 million, as the most expensive car to sell last year. It’s possibly THE most expensive automobile EVER to go under the hammer. Which, once again, demonstrates that the people who do have money aren’t feeling threatened by the economic uncertainty.  


It is, however, a jewellery item which absolutely smashed it at auction! In terms of Jewellery, several stunning & rare diamonds went under the hammer in 2016. The top selling jewellery lot of the year was the Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62 Carat blue diamond which went for $58 million!


Some other lots which have surpassed expectation or surprised this year are:


The most expensive item to sell on eBay last year was a power lunch with Warren Buffet. Achieving the highest ever sale price on eBay EVER of $3.45 million. Proceeds from the sale went to charity. The non-profit Glide, which provides food, healthcare & support for the poor & homeless must have been grateful!


Rare & vintage baseball memorabilia also had a fantastic year! The Laws of Base Ball sold for a staggering $3,263,246 in April.  



Wondering what the most expensive book sold was? Well the masterwork of none other than Isaac newton himself became the most expensive science book ever sold when it went under the hammer for £3 million.


Coins and banknotes were also in the spotlight in 2016. The new £5 note caused a stir, with low serial number examples in mint condition selling for far more than face value. But the biggest shocker of the year was perhaps a rare 2 pence piece which went for £72,000 back in May!