The Most Expensive Grandfather Clock

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The timepieces have always been receiving a special attention and fascination. The craftsmanship, technology and beauty of a grandfather clock are more than just for the timekeeping, they represent history, art and development. 

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For centuries, different clockmakers have been creating unique clocks that with time became even more desirable and expensive. Especially when it comes to old and rare clocks, enthusiasts and collectors are willing to pay almost any price in order to get the unique pieces. Some of the clocks can be found only in museums while others are available for purchase but the price can reach several millions of dollars. Have you ever wondered what is the most expensive clock that has been sold at an auction? 


The Most Expensive Grandfather Clock Ever Sold at Auction

Grandfather clocks have long been cherished as symbols of precision engineering and timeless elegance. Some of the most expensive clocks ever sold have captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike.


Duc d'Orleans Breguet Symapthique Clock

The Duc d'Orleans Breguet Symapthique Clock was sold for $6.8m which made it the most expensive grandfather clock that was purchased at Sotheby auction. This very unique and beautifully designed clock was created in 1835, and one of the most advanced timekeeping methods in the world was used in his clock, known as the Sympathique mechanism.

The clock strikes at the quarter and has a gold pocket watch mounted at the top of the piece that repeats the striking at a half-quarter. It is made of ormolu-mounted red tortoiseshell. Before the clock was sold, it was expertly restored and then for some time owned by the Time Museum in Rockford, IL.

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Chippendale with the dial signed by Jacob Godschalk

The Chippendale with the dial signed by Jacob Godschalk is another exquisite example of a rare grandfather clock. Made in Philadelphia between 1765 and 1775, the grandfather clock had an estimated value of $150,000 to $250,000. The grandfather clock was purchased for $800,000. 



Chinese Ormolu Clock

The Chinese Ormolu Clock is regarded as one of the most impressive clocks ever created, it's even more impressive when you consider it was created between 1736 & 1795. This complicated timepiece features music, automata, leaping fish and moving birds. It was sold at the auction for $4m.


The Most Expensive Grandfather Clock by Howard Miller

The J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock 611031 is the most expensive grandfather clock made by Howard Miller. This grandfather clock is a traditional and elegant piece fromLimited Edition that has high-precision, German-made, cable-driven, triple-melody,nine-tubular chime movement. It is crafted on gorgeoussixteen species of hardwoods and veneers in antique style with detailed design and extra features. 

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Howard Miller Park Avenue Limited Edition Floor Clock 611230 is the most expensivemodern grandfather clockwith a high-precision, German-made, cable-driven, triple melody,nine-tubular chime movement. This floor clock features ahand rubbed, highly polished Gloss Black finish on a frame ofmaple solids accented by a polishedstainless steel chrome case and polished stainless steel chrome feet. The thick clear, see-through,acrylic dial andtempered glass door are highlighted by theenergy efficient LED light.

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It is expected that these grandfather clocks, with proper maintenance, will last at least 200 plus years. They come with the free heirloom record document, a nickel-finished capsule, and a free nickel heirloom nameplate engraved with the name and special date. These timepieces are great to start your family heirloom.


Notable Examples of Expensive Grandfather Clocks

Thomas Tompion Clocks

Thomas Tompion was a famous English clockmaker in the late 17th century, known in the market for his high-quality timepieces. Some of his grandfather clocks have sold for millions of dollars at auctions. The exact prices can vary depending on the specific Thomas Tompion clock and its historical significance.

Joseph Knibb's Tall Case Clocks

Joseph Knibb, another renowned English clockmaker of the 17th century, is known for his tall case clocks. These clocks are prized for their elegant designs and high-quality movements. The prices of Knibb's clocks can vary widely based on factors like condition, rarity, and provenance. Auction prices are ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions.

George Graham's Precision Clocks

George Graham, a prominent British clockmaker from the 18th century, is celebrated for his contributions to precision timekeeping. His precision regulators and longcase clocks are highly sought after by collectors. Some of his clocks have achieved significant prices at auction, reflecting their importance in horological history.


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1 Response

Linda Mathis Steward
Linda Mathis Steward

October 08, 2022

I would like a clock with lots of design..even with shelves on both sides..

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