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Baron van Wassenaer's favourite - a Patek Philippe 5020R worth £30,000. The 18-karat rose gold timepiece, one of 37 Patek Philippes in his impressive set, has 12 diamonds placed in the case around the watchface, which actually devalue the item.<br />
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An incredible £2million collection of 2,200 watches amassed by one man over six decades is causing a stir in the world of horology as it goes up for auction.<br />
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Dutch nobleman Jan Willem Frederik Baron van Wassenaer had watches spanning more than a century and made by manufacturers for every letter in the alphabet.<br />
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The collection is believed to be the largest ever seen in Europe and is so big it has been split across multiple auctions throughout 2016.<br />
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Fifty important lots from his collection are to be sold by Bonhams in London on June 22 and are expected to fetch £358,000.