According to CNBC, John Lennon’s Patek Philippe watch, a 40th birthday gift from Yoko Ono that the musician received before the tragic assassination attempt in 1980, recently turned up in Geneva after being considered missing for a long time. Given its unusual origins and the aura of mystery surrounding it, it could be worth millions. At auction, it could fetch approximately $5.4 million to $10.8 million.
A former Beatles watch, now in the possession of lawyers representing an Italian collector who acquired it from a now-defunct German auction house, has sparked a legal dispute with Yoko Ono. It is believed that the Japanese artist’s former driver stole it.
The Patek Philippe watch is at the center of a long legal battle that only recently came to light. In June, a Geneva court ruled in favor of Ono, confirming that she was the rightful owner of the watch, and according to court documents, the collector is currently appealing the decision.
This lost watch has long been considered the Holy Grail among collectors. Although Lennon and Ono were not directly named in the court ruling, biographical details presented in the case undoubtedly refer to them. He mentions Ono’s nationality and the fact that Lennon was murdered outside his home two months after he turned 40.
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