Paul Newman, Le Mans Race 1979

20,000 CHF



Title Paul Newman,  Le Mans Race 1979
Reference 2303HC

Atelier WOCS, Robert Topulos
signed, dated 'R.T 23' (lower right) and numbered 1/1
mixed media, etorie on paper

Unique Piece
Executed in 2023


145 x 100cm.,57 by 39 in.


Signed and dated
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity
Blockchain authentification

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The Porsche 935, a car with a dominating legacy of over 150 worldwide race wins through 1984, is one of the most important models in Porsche history. It offered legendary actor and racer Paul Newman his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut on June 9- 10, 1979, alongside co-drivers Dick Barbour (team owner) and Rolf Stommelen.

This exquisite composition salutes the iconic 1979 Le Mans race, highlighting Paul Newman's blazing red Porsche 935 at the heart of its visual narrative. A remarkable historical footnote of this car is its 1980 campaign sponsorship by Apple Computers, an unprecedented alliance between racing and technology, rendering it the only race car ever to be backed by tech giants. Continuing its triumphant journey, the Porsche 935 clinched victory at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona post its Le Mans exploit.

Beyond being a celebrated Hollywood star, Paul Newman transcended his fame into the realm of horology in 2017 when his 1968 Rolex Daytona set a record at a Phillips auction house in New York, selling for a staggering $17.8 Million in a span of 12 minutes, thereby establishing a new benchmark for a wristwatch at auction.

The term "iconic" often risks dilution, but when applied to the Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona, it faithfully embodies its standing. The filming of Newman's debut racing movie, "Winning," catalyzed demand for the early "exotic dial" Daytonas, overwhelming Rolex dealers with its popularity. Advancing several decades, the Rolex Daytona has reached legendary status, becoming one of the world's most sought-after chronographs. Newman's personal Daytona, a gift from his wife, Joanne Woodward, carries a heartfelt inscription - "Drive Carefully. Me."

The "Paul Newman, Le Mans Race 1979" artwork, being the solitary piece in existence, signifies a true collector's treasure—an extraordinary chance to possess a piece merging the vibrant spirit of Paul Newman, the electrifying thrill of Le Mans, and the enduring allure of the legendary Daytona.


Atelier WOCS Genève is an independent company specialized in the creation of art editions, inspired by design elements of Rolex® items. We are not affiliated with Rolex SA, nor are we authorized by them to utilize their design elements directly for any reason whatsoever. Our art creations, while recalling design elements reminiscent of Rolex, are uniquely crafted and commissioned by a customer for their private use. It represents an example of our unique expertise and the bespoke services we offer at our customers' request.

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