Not useful for combat, these exquisite mechanical toys made in Geneva circa 1820 were probably used for amorous duels in some European court.
Bloomberg reported the sale results.
A pair of singing-bird pistols made of gold and inlaid with gems sold for HK$45.5 million ($5.8 million) at a Christieâ€™s International sale in Hong Kong [on May 30th].
A huge round of applause erupted after a 10-minute fight that Christieâ€™s head of watches Aurel Bacs described as â€œan epic bidding war between two of the worldâ€™s most connoisseur collectors.â€ The only publicly known matching pair in the world were included in a 456-lot sale of timepieces that raised HK$164.7 million ($21.2 million), the highest tally for an Asian watch sale, the London-based auction house said. Two Patek Philippe watches sold for more than $1 million each.
Hat tip to Fred Lapides.