Rare Luger pistol to auction for $32,000 at Sotheby's



2015-06-26 13:01:45

Rare Luger pistol to auction for $32,000 at Sotheby's

A rare Luger pistol that was built for a famous German family will sell on December 12

It was originally built for an illustriousGerman princely family, and now Sotheby's is to offer collectors the chance to own an incredibly rare Luger pistol in its December 12 sale.

The Luger is expected to provideone of the main draws atthe Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns auctionin London, where it is expected to sell for 15,000-20,000 ($24,000-32,000).

Rare Luger pistol The pistol was awarded to Andre Noel for saving the original owner's life

Only 10 examples of the gun were ever built at the Luger factory, with each of them personally inspected by George Luger himself. Each of the 10 pistols was presented to high profile members of society in various countries, including President Roosevelt, Hiram Maxim and Kaiser Wilhelm II.

The example at auction was built for the Prince of Furstenberg in 1902, who later gifted it to Andre Noel, governor of Konstanz, in 1946, for saving his life from French soldiers. At the end of the second world war, the French forces were preparing to lynch the prince after he had seemingly hung the French flag upside down from all of his flagpoles.

The prince had in fact been displaying his own family flag, which is very similar to the French flagexcept that the colours are reversed. Noel quickly explained the matter and the weapon was presented to him in thanks for his actions. A superb piece with fascinating provenance, the pistol's chamber is inlaid with a gold Furstenberg family coat of arms.

Check back with Paul Fraser Collectiblessoon to see the results of this fascinating sale and to get more of the latest news from auctions across the globe.

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