Now for any fan of The Godfather this is a must. This stainless steel Datejust Rolex was gifted to Brando after he won the Academy Award for best actor in his portrayal of Don Vito Corleone in this iconic movie in 1973, is now up for auction. It’s engraved with ‘Vito’s’ MB’ and comes with a handwritten letter of provenance from the previous owner. So if want this 31mm steel not to special Rolex (only special because of it’s connection) you can bid at GWS Auctions and maybe make them an offer they can’t refuse (probably not a horses head). When we last looked bidding was around the $6500 USD mark, so it’s quite reasonable at the moment, with auction ending 11 May. From GWS Auctions:
“…Marlon Brando is considered by many as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. He was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950, and was one of only four professional actors (along with Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan and Marilyn Monroe) named in 1999 by Time magazine as one of its 100 Most Important People of the Century. The watch was given by Brando to Academy Award nominated designer Patricia Norris in 1976 after the pair developed a friendship and he told her that he wanted her to have the timepiece and that it “would fit her well.” The watch measures 8.5″ in length and will be accompanied by a handwritten letter of provenance from the previous owner who purchased the watch after Patricia Norris passed away…”
*Update: Sold $40000 Unverified.
Speaking of Marlon Brando watches, check out this 18k yellow gold Vacheron Constantin timepiece gifted from Zsa Zsa Gabor to celebrate the release of On the Waterfront.
Auction in 2009 and got six times the expected amount, $18,000 USD.