USA-ALSHARQIYA October 27 : A pistol with a single bullet in the form of lipstick, and a handbag that conceals a complex camera. Two examples of a wide range of parts used by Soviet intelligence agents during the Cold War will go on sale in the first auction aimed at espionage fans.
The auction is being organized by the American house, "Julians", on about 400 pieces that will be sold electronically and then in presence between mid-January to February 13, 2021.
These pieces were recently on display at the KGB Spy Museum in Manhattan in New York City, a private museum that was opened in January 2019 by the Lithuanian historian Julius Orbitis and closed its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We are not aware of any similar auction of this type. We expect great interest in this auction because people are fascinated" by the world of espionage, said Martin Nolan, chief financial officer of Julians.
Estimated prices for the auctioned items range from a few hundred dollars to 12,000 dollars, the highest estimate for a rare Soviet copy of a coding machine known as a "vialka".
A stone bust of Vladimir Lenin is expected to sell for between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000, while the steel door from the former KGB prison hospital is estimated to cost between $ 500 and $ 700.
Nolan said, "These are not very expensive items, they are cute things ... that can be the focus of wonderful conversations at a dinner party."
Juliens is also auctioning other Cold War memorabilia, including a school report on Che Guevara during his high school, a signed 1958 letter from Fidel Castro discussing plans to take Havana, and pieces related to the race between the United States and the former Soviet Union over an invasion of space.