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The Top 5 Most Remarkable Objects Sold on Catawiki

Our expert auctioneers compile auctions with the most amazing items every week. But once in awhile, there are items that are like pearls in oysters: rarely found, but unforgettable and extraordinary upon sight. Here's our countdown of the most remarkable items to ever be sold on Catawiki. 5. ...

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What Makes Catawiki the Place to Sell Extraordinary Items?

You might think “It will never happen to me!” until one day, rummaging in an old box you discover a first edition book from the 1800s or - perhaps as one fisherman recently made the news with - the world’s largest pearl under your bed! At that point you think “What on earth can I do with this?”

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Erwin Dekker

Erwin Dekker

Watches

Erwin Dekker

Auctioneer Watches

I could watch my watch collection for hours.

  • Passionate watch collector
  • Vast background in antiques and curio
  • Has owned his own antiques business
Erwin Dekker

When Erwin Dekker received a Girard-Perregaux watch from his dad in the 1970s, his interest was immediately sparked. Fascinated by the wonderful mechanism that powers the timepiece, he did some research and bought more watches. Through this he became more interested in art and antiques in a broader sense and he became hooked on trading. In the 1980s, Erwin Dekker opened his own antiques business in The Hague. Some years later, he opted for a stable, permanent job, but his passion for watches did not end here. He now fully focuses on watches.

Erwin Dekker loves the fact that he can make full use of his expertise through Catawiki. By not only appraising watches but also by advising sellers on their presentation. He knows that bad photos can make the difference between a guaranteed sell and a let down. For this reason, Erwin Dekker likes to give advice on good photos or a catchy text. He contributes, in his turn, by composing a beautiful auction that keeps buyers excited. Preferably with sparkling Breitling, Zenith or Longines watches.

Michael  Schumann

Michael Schumann

Watches

Michael Schumann

Auctioneer Watches

Watches are a miracle of tiny parts all working precisely together.

  • An avid collector himself
  • Extensive knowledge of the trade
  • Fascinated by mechanics
Michael  Schumann

Michael Schumann’s fascination with watches started at an early age. He was especially fascinated by all the parts which together combine to make a working machine. Later he started collecting watches, building a collection of more than 300 timepieces. To develop his collection, Michael read a lot about watches and exchanged and traded at watch fairs. He also enjoys studying watches inside and out so he knows exactly how they work.

Michael is thrilled by the number of different watches offered at Catawiki. He is hooked on watches with fine mechanics, but nicely designed quartz watches also have their place. Michael is a strict but fair auctioneer. He thinks it’s very important to include photos of the mechanics and inspection reports which show whether the watches have been properly maintained.

Jeroen Trapman

Jeroen Trapman

Watches

Jeroen Trapman

Auctioneer Watches

Jeroen Trapman

The historic value that watches embody really fascinates me.

  • Extensive knowledge of watches
  • A collector himself
  • Excellent network

When he was 15 years old, the time had come for Jeroen Trapman to take the next step towards adulthood: get a good watch. He immersed himself in watches, researching them on internet forums, in magazines and in reference books. After six months, he had his first watch: a nice Seiko. By this point he was completely obsessed with watches and immediately began saving up again for the next one. Everything about them fascinates him: the design, the technology and their historical value. It is amazing to think that a watch might have been worn by a mountain climber on Mount Everest, deep in the ocean or even on the moon.

Jeroen can now call himself a real expert in the watch field. He knows all the brands inside out, from vintage lines to the new models due out next month. He finds it particularly satisfying to see how supply and demand come together at Catawiki, and he really enjoys advising bidders and sellers. Collectors can find that one special model to complete their collection, while other bidders who just want a nice watch can get exactly what they came for. Personally, Jeroen loves it when a vintage Rolex comes along.

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