Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Singing Bird Pistols

Following a feverish bidding war between two high-end collectors, the above pair of singing bird pistols recently sold at a Christie's auction for the mind-numbing price of $5.8 million. This is apparently the only matched set of these odd antiquities still known to exist, and very few were ever made to begin with.

The craftmanship of these 200+ year old works of art is incredible. Rather than firing bullets, the guns "shoot" a miniature singing bird. I can almost see why someone might be inspired to pay the price of a large mansion with a garage full of Ferraris for these "singing bird pistols". CLICK HERE for an amazing video about these curiosities, their history and operation.

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4 comments:

Kelly said...

--those are so cool! :-)

Lilac Haven said...

Thanks for sharing. Amazing.

Nina @Nature Remains said...

Such ingenuity, but I think the winter wren still wins in the longest and best song category!

Jim McCormac said...

Yes, incredible pieces! Had I only known of the auction in time, maybe I could have bid 5 million!