Gatling gun is top lot at Greg Martin sale

SAN FRANCISCO – A Colt Model 1877 Bulldog Gatling gun sold for $253,000 at the Greg Martin Auctions’ sale held Nov. 12-14. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 15 percent.

Gatling.jpgDating from the 1870s, the compact Gatling gun was the type that was used in the Middle East, mounted on camelback. It was estimated at $175,000-$250,000.

Colt Model 1877 Bulldog Gatling gun, $253,000.

An engraved Henry repeating rifle, with varnished walnut stock and breech cover accessory reached $138,000. An engraved and half-nickel Winchester Model 1866 lever-action sporting rifle, with embellishment attributed to Conrad Ulrich, sold for $126,500, the same price realized by a Colt Model 1883 10-barrel Gatling gun.

A Winchester Model 1886 takedown lever-action sporting rifle, from the collection of Winchester executive T.G. Bennett, hit $69,000, while a pair of gold and silver high-relief decorated flintlock pistols by Louis Lamotte, St. Etienne, bearing the crest of Sultan of Turkey and imperial family, brought $54,625.

A desktop globe taken from Hitler’s personal residence near Berchtesgaden made $115,000. John Barsamian then a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army, took the globe from the living room in Hitler’s house at the end of World War II.

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