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The top auction lots to bid for this month

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Berluti Porsche

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For many superyacht owners, the choice to build a custom yacht is appealing because of the opportunities it opens up to create something unique and personal. Thanks to luxury auction houses around the globe, the option to fill your yacht (or home) with equally unique objects from fine art to supercars and contemporary jewellery to classic black tie watches has never been easier. Click through to see our pick of the lots to bid for this month...

Berluti Porsche

May is a good month for lovers of fine craftsmanship and, while London Craft Week takes place in the British capital, online Sotheby's will be holding its own celebration via a special auction dedicated to the skill and prowess of leather brand Berluti. An eclectic collection of lots, ranging from backpacks and watches to bikes and armchairs, is on offer but the star lot is undoubtedly a 1973 Porsche Targa 911. The first car fully customised by Berluti, this unique vehicle has been extensively customised in the brand's distinctive style with a leather-trimmed dashboard, alpaca lined roof, boot interior and engine compartment trimmed in Venezia leather and bouclé wool floor mats. A Berluti Jour-Off weekend bag and driving shoes are also included in the lot.

Berluti Porsche

Bids from €240,000

Sotheby's: Berluti: The Art of Craftsmanship, until May 7, online

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Grant Macdonald Ruaha sculpture

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Created by Royal Warrant silversmith Grant Macdonald London this sterling silver scale model of London, named Ruaha, will be auctioned this month during a charity ball at Kensington Palace in aid of conservation charity TUSK. Patronised by the Duke of Cambridge, TUSK supports wildlife conservation efforts across Africa and have helped protect more than 40 threatened species and 10 million acres of land. All the proceeds from the sale of Ruaha will be donated to TUSK while 20% from every silver miniature and pair of animal cufflinks in Grant Macdonald's wider TUSK collection will also go to the charity.

Ruaha lion sculpture

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Grant Macdonald: TUSK charity auction, May 9, London

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Patek Philippe Ref 2497 watch

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True watch collectors know the best pieces can usually be found at auction and May's Important Watches sale at Sotheby's offers some real finds. Among the best is this 1953 Patek Philippe Ref 2497 in pink gold. Discontinued in 1963, this reference was the world's first perpetual calendar watch with centre seconds and was Patek's only perpetual calendar until the introduction of Ref 5050 in 1993. Less than 200 example were produced with only around 20 of these being in pink gold. This combined with the fact that is sports a rare first series case designed by Emile Vichet and is in impeccable condition make this timepiece a fantastic piece for any watch lover's collection.

Patek Philippe Ref 2497

CHF500,000-1,000,000

Sotheby's: Important Watches, May 12, Geneva

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