World’s finest Montblanc pen collection brings $1 million

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2015-06-26 10:35:57

World’s finest Montblanc pen collection brings $1 million

The world’s finest collection of Montblanc pens has sold at a Bonhams auction for a combined total of just under $1 million.

The Mel Wilmore Collection of Extraordinary Montblancs auction took place in New York on June 11, and featured the lifelong collection of a remarkable collector.

Mel Wilmore’s passion led him to construct a secret room to house his collection, designed and constructed with the aid of several of Montblanc’s top employees. His collection included examples of highly rare, limited edition and valuable pens spanning the company’s 106-year history.

Topping the sale was the world’s first-ever skeleton pen, produced in 1981 by Montblanc craftsmen to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary, which sold for $68,500. This was joined by a complete set of 11 pens produced in commemoration of South African President Nelson Mandela’s 80th birthday, one of just four complete sets in existence, which achieved a price of $41,250.

Limited-edition Skeleton pens designed as tributes to Charlie Chaplin and John Lennon both brought strong results, selling for $41,250 and $35,000 respectively, and another Skeleton pen based on the design of the White House, decorated with sapphires and gold, sold for $23,750.

Other notable lots included a Magical Black Widow White Gold and Diamond Skeleton Pen which sold for $55,000, above an estimate of $30,000 - $40,000, and a black Tahitian mother-of-pearl pen featuring 342 brilliant-cut diamonds, designed as a tribute to the French renaissance King Françios I, which sold for $37,500.

In total the sale achieved $998,337, with 243 of the 300 lots sold.

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