The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Antique Weapons With news of a new World record price for a firearm sold at auction, Wikicollecting.org presents a list of the the Top 10 Most Expensive Antique Weapons ever sold.
News-Antique.com - Sep 27,2011 - 10) 1847 Colt Walker .44 blackpowder revolver - $800,000
A circa 1847 Colt Walker .44 blackpowder revolver achieved $800,000 at a James D Julia auction in October 2008.
9) Colt Third Model Dragoon revolver - $805,000
A Gustav Young-engraved, ivory-gripped Colt Third Model Dragoon revolver achieved $805,000 at Heritage Auctions in September 2011. German-born Young engraved many revolvers for both Smith & Wesson and Colt.
The gun was originally owned by Union colonel PM Millikin, who was killed by the Confederates in 1862 during the US civil war.
8) Colt Model 1861 New Model Navy revolver - $805,000
A Colt Model 1861 New Model Navy revolver realised $805,000 a Heritage Auctions sale in September 2011.
7) Colt 1849 Pocket revolver - $828,800
A rare cased Colt 1849 Pocket revolver, with engraving and gold inlay by Gustave Young, used by Colonel Colt as a sample of the artistry and quality of Colt firearms, sold for $828,800 at a Greg Martin sale in 2006.
6) President Theodore Roosevelt's 1908 Fox shotgun
This gold-inlayed 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.
5) #1 Colt Single Action Army revolver - $862,500
The Colt Single Action Army revolver, serial number 1, sold for $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.
4) 1847 Colt Whitneyville-Walker pistol - $920,000
A Rare 1847 Colt Whitneyville-Walker Pistol, 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." The single action revolver was said to be the world’s most powerful handgun until the arrival of the .44 Magnum in the 1950s.
3) 1836 Colt - $977,500
An 1836 Colt revolver sold for $977,500 at a Heritage Auctions sale in September 2011. The ivory gripped Holster Model No. 5 Patterson revolver is the finest-condition example ever seen of the first revolver produced by Samuel Colt.
2) General Grant’s diamond 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.
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.