The automated bejeweled Ethiopian Caterpillar to go under Sotheby’s hammer

Who said that a watch should highlight a chronograph auction? Trendsetters want something special for everything they do, and Sotheby’s is no different. For their November Geneva sale, the auction house plans to bring the the1820-make bejeweled and robotic Ethiopian Caterpillar. Crafted by Henri Maillardet, only six such pieces exist in the world. The other five can be found in Europe, one in the Patek Philippe museum and another in the Sandoz collection. Of these six, only two feature diamond, emeralds, rubies, and turquoise, including the one under Sotheby’s hammer. The piece is touted to fetch between $350,000 and $450,000.

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