Look closely at any photo taken of Jackie Kennedy in the '70s, and you'll likely notice one consistency: a Cartier tank watch on her wrist. Now, that watch allegedly belongs to Kim Kardashian West.
On Wednesday, the gold timepiece with a black band, which was paired with one of Kennedy's original paintings in Christie's Rare Watches and American Icons auction, sold to an anonymous bidder for $395,000, well above the estimate of $60,000 to $120,000.
TMZ and People report that anonymous bidder was, in fact, Kardashian West.
It makes sense; the reality star and business mogul
"It’s not to say that I’ll never wear
However, she could be making an exception here because of the watch's fascinating backstory.
In 1962, inspired by a 1908 executive order by President Theodore Roosevelt in which he mandated that all Marine officers should be able to complete a 50-mile hike in twenty hours, President John F. Kennedy challenged the Marine Corps, the White House staff, and the rest of the nation to the task. The president also personally challenged his brother-in-law Prince Stanislas Radziwill and his good friend Chuck Spalding to the hike, betting that they weren't in good enough shape to complete it.
The watch, estimated to sell for between $60,000 and $120,000
Shortly thereafter, Prince Radziwill and Jackie Kennedy exchanged gifts to commemorate the hike. Radziwill gave Jackie the Cartier Tank watch, engraved with the message "Stas to Jackie 23 feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM," and Jackie gave Radziwill a painting she made of him and Spalding hiking along the
The inscription on the back of the watch
The painting that Jackie made for Radziwill
Jackie wearing the watch in the '70s
Another photo of Jackie wearing the watch in the '70s
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.