Joe DiMaggio got plenty of gifts and awards during his career, some more personal than others. Three will be up for grabs in an auction that’s a little outside the realm of traditional sports memorabilia events.
Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier watch auctioneer, is offering series of timepieces that once belonged to Joe DiMaggio in its’ December 8 auction at their US headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York City. The sale will encompass a collection of 356 modern and vintage watches including those from the DiMaggio estate.
Made in the 1940s, one of the items being offered is a fine rectangular, 14K pink gold and diamond wristwatch that was a gift from DiMaggio’s young children and is engraved “To Our Daddy, We Love You”. The watch carries a $5,000-7,000 estimate.
Also listed in the Antiquorum sale is his Wittnauer pocket watch. Made in 1952 following the Yankees World Series triumph over the Brooklyn Dodgers, it is a fine, steel nickel-plated pocket watch with engraved case back, “World Champions, New York Yankees – 1952, J.P.D”. The watch was a gift from Yankee ownership and includes a Christmas greeting from Dan Topping and Del Webb. It carries a $3,000-5,000 estimate.
The third piece offered is the legendary baseball player’s Imexal clock. Made in 1973 and presented to Joe DiMaggio as the Casey Stengel Award on January 27th, 1974, it is a very rare, gilt brass, 8-day going, desk clock with triple date calendar, moon phases and alarm accompanied by a photo taken at the presentation that pictures DiMaggio, Pete Rose and Dick Williams.