Five of the most expensive military artifacts
Military artifacts has always been highly valued at auctions worldwide. Influential people are willing to pay thousands, and sometimes millions of dollars to buy a rare auction many years ago. Weapons, medals, personal things - that just does not go under the hammer.
1. Fighter Hawker Hurricane, $ 2, 1 - 2, 6 million
In spite of the wide range of selling military artifacts, heavy military equipment - a relatively rare type of the lot. However, in the mid-2000s to the auction was put up single Canadian fighter Hawker Hurricane 1942 issue, which was used to patrol the coast. Despite its age, the plane is in perfect condition and it even has a license to fly. The exact amount for which bought Hawker Hurricane is a mystery. Presumably it is $ 2, 1 - 2, 6 million.
2 Awards Edward Kenna, $ 990,000
we were all surprised when in 2011, almost a million dollars gone under the hammer set of orders of simple ordinary Edward Kenna. The fact is that in addition to other awards in the collection had a very valuable artifact - the Victoria Cross - the most prestigious military award in the UK. Her Kenna received in 1945 for being alone defeated the bunker with the whole group of Japanese gunners. Usually Victoria Crosses are kept in museums or as a family value.
3. Writing instrument of Hitler, $ 423,000
Whatever negative Hitler was not a person, is a lot of people willing to buy personal items of the Fuhrer for huge money. The most expensive of them is personal writing instrument of Hitler, which he used to store critical papers and records. Valuable artifact was brought by US Army Lieutenant Jack Makkonen from the residence of the Fuhrer after the war. According to Lieutenant relative, who put a find for sale, it is this device Hitler applied to the signing of the famous Munich Agreement in 1938.
4. Letters of Anne Frank, $ 328,000
Holocaust victims number in the millions, but it is the figure of Anne Frank has become a key to this terrible event. Blog, which led the girl while in Auschwitz, has become the main symbol of the genocide of the Jews. Of course, it seems dishonest materialization of such things, but some dishonest people often grew rich at the expense of the name and history of Anna. In 1988, at an auction two letters have been exposed, which Frank and her sister from a concentration camp wrote to her friends from America. Around the lot stood a great stir, and the letters were eventually sold for $ 328,000. The buyer chose to remain incognito.
5. The cipher machine "Enigma" $ 208,000
Encryption machine "Enigma" was started in the early 1920s, but became famous in the first place for being massively used for the needs of the Third Reich. The machine features the most reliable at that time encryption algorithm. Nevertheless, by the end of the war, the British did manage to crack the code "Enigma". After the defeat of Nazi Germany, the country began mass export of these devices.
Today, most vintage cars are sold at auction for several thousand dollars, but in 2011 went under the hammer "Enigma" for as much as $ 208,000. This high cost is associated primarily with the fact that this particular copy of the car was involved in the filming of the same movie.