Top 10 Most Expensive Antique Weapons
A list of the world's ten most valuable antique swords, rifles and pistols ever sold at auction
This gold-inlaid custom-made 1908 Fox Gun Co. shotgun was presented to President Roosevelt in 1909, and used on many of his extensive hunting trips (one of which accidentally created the Teddy Bear). It was sold at a James D. Julia auction in October 2010 for a record price of $862,500, making it the most valuable shotgun in auction history.
A Serial No. 1 Colt Single Action Army Revolver was also sold for the same price of $862,500, at a Greg Martin Auction in 2009. Discovered in 1925, it is revered among firearms collectors as the first example of the “Peacemaker” revolver.
9) A Model 1847 Colt Whitneyville-Walker Revolver - $920,000
A Rare 1847 Colt Whitneyville-Walker Revolver, owned by Texas Ranger Sam Wilson, sold for $920,000 at James D Julia in 2008.
Just 1,100 were produced and its large size and considerable weight prompted Samuel Colt to remark: "It would take a Texan to shoot it." This early revolver was said to be the world’s most powerful handgun until the arrival of the .44 Magnum in the 1950s.
8) A Cased Colt Texas Paterson Revolver - $977,500
An Colt Texas Paterson revolver sold for $977,500 at a Greg Martin Auctions / Heritage Auctions sale in September 2011. The ivory-gripped Holster Model No. 5 Texas Paterson revolver is the finest-condition example ever seen of the first revolver produced by Samuel Colt.
7) A Rare Gold-Inlaid Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver - $1.1m
Sold at Sotheby's New York, January 21, 2012. From the original grouping of Samuel Colt's Gold-Inlaid revolvers, c. 1853. Gustave Young engraved.
6) General Grant’s Presentation Sword - $1.6m
A diamond-studded sword, presented to US Civil War general and future president Ulysses S Grant, achieved $1.6m at a Heritage Auctions sale in June 2007. Grant received the sword in 1864 from residents of Kentucky to mark his promotion to General-in-Chief-of the Union forces.
5) General Simon Bolivar's Boutet Flintlock Pistols - $1.76m
A cased pair of flintlock pistol by Nicolas-Noel Boutet formerly owned by Simon Bolivar, Liberator of South America, sold for $1.76 million at Christie's, New York, November, 2004.
4) General George Washington's Flintlock Pistols by Walster, Saarbrucken - $1.96m
A pair of flintlock pistols with history also connected to the Marquis de Lafayette and President Andrew Jackson were sold at Christie's New York, Jan. 2002 for $1.96m and are now on display at Ft. Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
3) Mugal Emperor, Shah Jahan's personal dagger - $3m
Sold at Bonham's in 2008.
2) Chinese Jade-Hilted Sword, 18th century - $5.93m
The Baotend Saber sold at Sotheby's in 2006.
1) Napoleon’s gold-encrusted sword - $6.5m
A gold-encrusted curved sword once owned by Napoleon sold for $6.5m at an Osenat auction in France in June 2007.
Napoleon is said to have used the sword at the battle of Marengo in June 1800, when the emperor forced the Austrians out of Italy with a surprise attack.
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