George Daniels' watch collection sells for over £8m
- 6 November 2012
- From the section Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin
A collection of watches and clocks belonging to the Isle of Man's Dr George Daniels has raised over £8m at Sotheby's auction in London.
The 134-lot included several of the master watchmaker's creations, alongside his own private collection.
The Space Travellers' watch, invented to commemorate the first moon landing, was the highest selling item at £1.32m.
All of the money raised will go towards George Daniels' Educational Trust.
The trust helps students seeking higher education in horology, engineering, medicine, building or construction.
Dr Daniels was the first person to make every component of a watch from scratch and by hand.
He died at the age of 85 in 2011 at his Isle of Man home.
In July, a vintage car belonging to Dr Daniels fetched more than £5m at auction.