While some people collect coins, others collect guns. There are so many expensive guns from
many firearms manufacturing companies. But when history and diamonds involve in anything,
the product becomes almost priceless.
That said, the most expensive guns in the world are listed below, which are manufactured by
some big names in the firearms world, like Fabbri, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Holland & Holland,
and Purdey. All of these guns have a fascinating story to tell about their owner or manufacturer.
1.The Pistols of George Washington – $1,986,000
The pistols owned by the first president of the United States of America are the first most
expensive guns. These pistols date from the Revolutionary War, and there’s no doubt that they
saw action as the founding fathers fought valiantly for the country’s independence.
They were purchased at Christie’s in 2002 by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and are now
on display at Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania, where everyone can see and enjoy them.
2. Colt Revolver (Model 1849) – $1,010,000
The stunning Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver was designed with the idea to be more compact and modernized, making this pistol one of the most popular percussion pistols ever produced by Colt.
Because of its dependability, the Model 1849 was very popular with the general public. This particular model of this famous revolver was inlaid with gold. Because of this exquisite craftsmanship, the price of this revolver was raised to $1.1 million, making it one of the expensive guns globally.
3. The singing bird pistols – $5,800,000
About twenty-five years ago, these pistols were auctioned off for $1,000,000. They were sold at Christie’s in May 2011 for a mountainous $5,800,000. As an upshot, they are the most expensive guns in the world. These pistols are made of genuine gold and embellished with diamonds, enamel, agate, and precious stones. The Frères Rochat made them in the 1820s for the Chinese market, but only a limited number of pistols were manufactured, and only one matching pair is thought to exist today.
4. The Guns of Bonnie and Clyde – $504,000
Bonnie and Clyde were a well-known criminal couple who were best known for their organized crimes, i.e., bank robberies. They also looted small businesses and gas stations in remote regions.
They are popularly considered the pioneers of selfies. The criminal couple was shot to death and left behind their guns. The guns became one of the most expensive guns because of their associated people and were sold for $504,000 at a New Hampshire auction in 2012.
5. Percussion Pistols by Brun of Paris – $373,750
This pair of guns are gold and silver plated, and it is covered in raised three-dimensional embellishments. The trigger guard, pommel caps, lock plates, and hammers of these pistols are decorated with meticulously sculpted figures of various creatures, both natural and mythical. Floral motifs can be found throughout the parts as well as carved into the ebony grips.
The International Exhibition of 1862, also known as the Great London Exposition, featured this deluxe-cased pair of 45 calibre French percussion pistols made by Brun of Paris. The exhibition’s jury praised the set and bestowed awards on it. It was sold for $373,750.
6. The Smith & Wesson Revolver – $350,000
The third gun on our list is a Smith & Wesson revolver, used to kill Jesse James and was listed among the most expensive guns. Jesse James was a well-known outcast who committed numerous bank and train robberies with his notorious gang. He was a legendary figure from the Wild West era, active between the mid and late 1800s. Jesse James and his infamous gang were suspected of robbing over 20 banks and stealing over $200,000. Later, one of his gang members eventually killed him with a 44-calibre Smith & Wesson revolver. The gun was auctioned for $350,000 in 2003 in California.
7. The Colt Walker Revolver – $250,000
With an estimated value of $250,000, this is one of the most expensive guns globally and is sometimes referred to as a Walker Colt. In 1846, Samuel Colt designed the gun based on specifications provided by Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker.
It is a classic old-fashioned revolver, which has a cylindrical rotating compartment for holding bullets. It contains up to six shots, which contain six charges of black powder underneath them. The gun is now regarded as one of the most desirable weapons in the world.
8. The Golden Walther of Hitler – $114,000
The antique gun used by Adolf Hitler is second on the list. American soldiers recovered it from his Munich apartment in 1945, at the end of World War II. Carl Walther gave Hitler this pistol as a gift for his 50th birthday.
The weapon had a lot of inscriptions and decorations on it. “AH” was scribbled across the white ivory grips. The gun changed ownership several times over the years before being auctioned off in 1987 for USD 114,000. It was the highest price ever paid at an auction for military memorabilia at the time.