John Wayne’s revolvers, Hitler’s ‘million dollar desk’ headline auction
By Christen Smith
Two 1932 Smith & Wesson matching .38/.44 fixed-sight revolvers, personal property of movie icon John Wayne, JW initials on grips, hand-tooled leather double holster with gold-overlaid, ruby-adorned silver buckles; stirrups, spurs. Est. $10,000-$20,000. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)
John Wayne’s revolvers and Adolf Hitler’s “million dollar desk” will headline an historic military and firearms auction later this month in suburban Cleveland.
Milestone Auctions said the extensive collection of nearly 700 war time rarities will be its most successful yet when it premiers in Willoughby, Ohio on Jan. 27.
“We’ve recently displayed some of our key auction items at major gun and militaria shows, and the reaction has been phenomenal,” said co-owner Chris Sammet. “These types of personally owned items simply do not appear at auction, certainly not altogether in one auction. Collectors of military memorabilia want provenance they can trust, and the provenance that backs this auction’s headliners is ironclad.”
John Wayne’s silver Smith & Wesson revolvers, holsters and spurs join a collection of 150 19th century firearms, including Confederate General John Creed Moore’s 1851 Colt Revolver and two Smith & Wesson handguns owned by whaling captain Albert Sherman.
The firearms lot also features a Colt boxed King Cobra, an 1862 Gatling gun, 1911 Colt pistols and rifles from Winchester,