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Type Live Webcast Auction
Price Realized 110,000.00 USD
Date Sold 11/1/2020

Lot # 45
Estimate 60,000.00 - 100,000.00 USD
Group - Category Jewelry & Watches
Lead 18K & amethyst Alfred Dunhill lighthouse lighter
SEE SPECIAL SHIPPING NOTE at end of description. 18K yellow gold and amethyst Alfred Dunhill table lighter in the style of a lighthouse perched atop a rocky shore, set with 9 rectangular cut AAA quality amethysts, solid amethyst base weighing in excess of 100 lbs, 18K gold lighthouse, base with engraved and textured pattern to look like bricks with a small ladder leading up to a fenced ledge with a small door, the base tapers to a second fenced ledge and then onto a third fenced ledge at the top, hinged top opens to reveal a hand held gas lighter in the same brick design as the base also in 18K yellow gold, the hollow interior of the lighthouse is wired to function as a light with the top sending out a cool purple glow to compliment the base, lighthouse measures 18 inches tall from base of ladder to top of spire x 5.75 inches at the widest point of the base, removable lighter measures 32mm x 154mm, amethyst base measures 22 inches x 25 inches x 7 inches at the tallest point. Total weight of entire piece (amethyst base and lighthouse combined) is estimated at 110 lbs. This particular piece was sold in Dunhill's 1985 Christmas collection for $56,000 and held the Guinness world record for decades as the most expensive table lighter in the world. This is truly the most magnificent piece this cataloger has ever had the pleasure of cataloging and really should be seen in person to truly appreciate its staggering scale, as rarely does one handle 18K gold pieces large enough to be measured in poundage or that could be used to bludgeon someone. Gross weight of removable lighter in 18K gold 119.3 dwt (185.6 g). Gross weight of brick design base in 18K gold with switch and wiring 294.6 dwt (458.2 g). Gross weight of lighthouse top in 18K gold including hinged piece and internal wiring 603.7 dwt (938.9 g). Total gross weight of combined 18K gold material and associated switch and wiring 1017.6 dwt (1582.7 g, or 50.88 troy oz). NOTE: No in-house shipping available. Arranging shipping of this property is the responsibility of the buyer. Buyer may work with any independent shipper or Jones & Horan can recommend one. Buyer will need to complete the Authorized Release Form found on Jones & Horan's website. Property will remain at Jones & Horan until picked up by the buyer or someone authorized by the buyer. CONDITION: Lighter shows hardly any wear with only a light tarnish to the gold over time, inner lighter with small split in base metal that hold the flint in place from sitting for many years (see our photo), electrical wired interior set up to run on a 240V battery that most certainly died almost 30 years ago. Please see description regarding shipping of this lot.
Name "LIVE Horology & Jewelry Webcast Auction Event"
Auctioneer Jones and Horan Auction Team
Type Live Webcast Auction
Date(s) 10/2/2020 - 11/1/2020
Online pre-bidding opens on Friday, October 2nd at 9 am EST. Actual auction event takes place on Sunday, November 1st beginning at 11 am EST. Live online bidding is also available at that time.
Preview Date/Time Please contact us if you need more information. In person preview BY APPOINTMENT at our offices from now through Friday, October 30th.
Checkout Date/Time We will email you an invoice no later than Monday, November 2nd if you are successful. (Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive an invoice in your inbox.) Payment is expected within 10 days of auction.
Location NO IN PERSON BIDDING DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. The Hilton Doubletree Manchester Downtown Hotel 700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
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We do our best to indicate any potential problems or needs for repair. The Jones & Horan plain English grading system follows this general order from top to bottom for mvts, component parts, metal dials, hands and cases: Mint | Near Mint | Excellent | Fine (the average grade for most used, running watches) | Fair | Poor. We no longer use "good" as a grade as it can be misleading, so it only applies to function (see below). We then describe any salient defects that should be called to the attention of the potential buyer. With respect to wear, we also use the following terms in order: No wear | Hardly any wear | Very little wear | Little wear | Very light wear | Light wear | Medium wear | Ample wear | Substantial or abundant wear | Worn out. These general terms are used in combination with precise descriptions of defects for further elaboration where needed. Enamel dials are not necessarily graded, but called "flawless" when free of cracks, chips or hairlines, which are structural and always noted. Surface defects such as scratches, discoloration or graphical defects may be present on a perfect dial, and are noted separately. The term, "Good," is only used alone to indicate that the watch or its function is doing what it should be doing, as in "good running order, good repeat function and tone, good chronograph and date functions," etc. These functions are not rated or graded. "Good crystal" means without meaningful defect, as does "Good dial." --------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------ Terms Of Use

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