How much are the 7 most expensive items of world war IIPictolic
Collectors around the world scour the auctions and Internet sites in search of unique items during the Second world war. Into this tragic era of people willing to pay any money for any artifacts that often cost a fortune. We have selected the list of things sold at auction and set record prices.
A champion among the most expensive artifacts of the Second world is the armored Mercedes-Benz 770k, which belonged to Adolf Hitler. After the war the car came to the dealer Michael Fröhlich. The new owner has studied documents from archives and photographs and proved that on this front Mercedes moved the head of the Third Reich. After 1945 the car was in Austria, and later in Las Vegas, and then it was bought by the businessman from Munich.
In 2009 Mercedes Benz 770k belonging to Adolf Hitler, 10 million Euro was acquired by the billionaire from Moscow, who wished to remain anonymous.
British single-seat fighter Hawker Hurricane made in 1942 and sold in the 2000s for 2.6 million dollars. During the war, the car belonged to the Canadian air force and was involved in patrolling the East coast of North America. The plane is in working condition and flies.
In 2011, the Internet auction Spink & Son for 990 thousand US $ sold a set of award-winning Australian soldier Edward Kenna. The buyer chose to remain anonymous. Awards sold complete and experts believe that the main asset of the set is a medal of the Victoria cross – the highest award of the British army. The cost of the cross is estimated at half a million dollars.
Edward Kenn received the award in 1945 for the self-destruction of the Japanese machine-gun crew. For unknown reasons, the family decided to sell the medals Kenna, though for Western countries it is very rare.
For items that once belonged to Adolf Hitler especially hunt collectors from around the world. In December 2011, the auction house Alexander Autographs put up for sale a written instrument of Hitler, who stood on his Desk. The artifact looks like a massive bronze stand with inkwells engraved with the initials of the Fuhrer and the emblem of Nazi Germany.
After the war, writing utensils brought from Germany a Lieutenant in the U.S. army Jack Makkon. Sold the artifact for 422 thousand dollars. Historians have discovered that the stand was in the Munich office of Hitler, and that he had signed a decree for the partition of Czechoslovakia in 1938.
One of the symbols of the Nazi crimes became Jewish girl Anne Frank, which has gone through the horrors of the concentration camps. The fate of the child embodied the tragedy of all mankind. In 1988, an unknown man bought two letters and a postcard from Anne Frank that she wrote to her sisters. The purchase cost of 165 thousand dollars, in terms of the present course amounts to 328 thousand US dollars.
The first examples of encryption machines "Enigma" was produced in the 1920s years. During the Second world war, with their help, the German headquarters enciphered their orders and reports. British breakers managed to crack the code, although the likelihood of this was 150 000 000 000 000 000 000 to one.
After the war many machines were exported to Britain and the United States. In 2011 one of them was sold at auction Christie's for 133 thousand pounds for dollars is 208 thousand. The high cost of the lot due to the fact that the car used in the filming of "Enigma".
Adolf Hitler paid special attention to self-protection. Fear of the Fuhrer for his own life escalated after a series of unsuccessful assassination attempts organized by his generals. Night guard Hitler gave the guns "Luger", equipped with flashlights and shooting tracer bullets.
One of the pistols was sold at auction by Rock Island for 161 thousand dollars, huge for such an artifact money.