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The Most Expensive Guns of All Time

Did you know that the gun could not have been invented without the help of the Chinese? They were the first ones to invent gunpowder, which was used for other purposes like fireworks. After exporting large quantities of gunpowder, other nations used it to create their versions of weapons that utilize gunpowder.

As the years passed, many people worldwide have used guns for self-defense. Some of these guns were used by famous people to the point that they were considered an important historical piece. What is even more outrageous is the selling price they have during the auction. Some of the gun prices are so high that they are only bought by wealthy investors or die-hard gun collectors.

1. George Washington’s Saddle Pistols

Who does not know George Washington? He is the first president of the United States and is known as “The Father of Our (or His) Country.” He was also part of the Continental Army during the ’75 to ’83 American Revolution. Since he was the first president, people wanted to preserve a piece of him, and one of those was his saddle pistols

Throughout the war, he used the saddle pistols given by his French ally, the Marquis de Lafayette. The pistols had meticulous rococo carvings and gold inlays, ensuring that it was made to perfection for George Washington alone. After George Washington died, the pistols fell into the hands of Andrew Jackson, who served as the seventh president of the United States. He took care of the pistols until he gave them as a gift to the Washington family.

Fast forward to 2002; the saddle pistols were auctioned away to the Richard King Mellon Foundation for $1,986,000, the most expensive gun ever recorded to be sold.

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2. Simon Bolivar’s Flintlock Pistols

The second most expensive gun in the world belonged to Simon Bolivar, a military leader who had a critical role in liberating Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Columbia, and Venezuela. He also assisted in unionizing independent nations in Latin America, in which he served as the first president in the union.

During his time serving as a military leader, he was a well-known gun collector, and one of the most prized possessions in his gun collection was a set of flintlock dueling pistols. In 2002, the guns were auctioned for 1.76 million dollars at the Christie’s New York auction house.

 

3. Gold-Inlaid Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Ranking in third is an 1849 Pocket Revolver from Colt that had gold inlays. The gun’s main purpose was to make it more portable and easy to carry around, but the key feature about the gun was the gold inlay. Not much is known about the pistol, but the beautiful craftsmanship led to a selling price of 1.1 million dollars.

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These guns were such an essential part of history that people were willing to pay good money to preserve that history.

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Written By Riley Brown

Riley is a finance, lifestyle, and entertainment writer living in San Diego. He received his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Multimedia from the University of Oregon. His work has been featured in many finance and lifestyle publications throughout the US. When he is not writing, Riley enjoys reading and hanging out at the beach with his dog.

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