Men have always been considered more active in the Middle Ages. The battle was cruel and bloody, and the soldiers had to look the enemy straight in the eye. The weapons of that heroic time became a valuable and even legendary . So below we have shared most expensive specimens that have survived to this day. And has been sold in auction at high price.
1. 18th century Bao Teng saber – $7.7 million
The beautiful sword and scabbard were sold twice in 2006 for $5.93 million and two years later for $7.7 million., dating back to the era of the Qianlong Emperor. S-shaped saber with a jade handle is decorated with floral designs and is made of steel, gold and copper. On one side of the saber is depicted Bao Teng, the hero of poetic works. The blade itself was made in the imperial palace. In total, 90 such sabers were made in 47 years.
2. Napoleon Bonaparte’s gold-encrusted saber – $6.5 million
Everyone knows that on the battlefield Napoleon carried a pistol and a saber. The saber inlaid with gold was with the emperor at the Battle of Marengo in 1800, when he drove the Austrian army out of Italy. The saber was passed down from generation to generation of Bonapartes, and now it is considered the property of the nation and has no right to leave the country. In 2007 in France, one of the descendants of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome, sold the saber to another family member. The curved saber, decorated with gold, was made by Nicholas Noel Butet.
3. 15th century Nasrid era dagger – $6 million
Daggers with two blades and a handle head resembling a human ear are the most significant exhibits of the Nasrid period of North Africa. Such daggers were widely used in Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries and came to Europe from Italy. The dagger depicts a man with a crossbow who hunts a lion and other animals. In 2010, the weapons were sold for six times the amount claimed – for 3.7 million pounds.
4. Shah Yahan’s personal dagger – $3.3 million
Owned by Shah Yahan. In 2008, in London, it was sold for 1,700,000 pounds, which exceeded the declared amount by 5 times. Shah Yahan ruled the Mughals from 1627 to 1657. His elegant dagger was inlaid with gold inscriptions and designs. It was in the collection of a Belgian admirer of Asian weapons, porcelain, and other art objects. The name of the Shah, the title, as well as the place and date of manufacture, are written on the dagger.
5. Knife “Pearl of the East” – $ 2.1 million
The Oriental Pearl Knife is a luxurious weapon designed and manufactured in 1966 by Buster Warensky in his 20s. After some time, he was already considered the world’s master of edged weapons. For two years he headed the Guild of Bladed Weapons Masters. The knife “Pearl of the East” was created for a Japanese customer. The handle of the knife is encrusted with 153 emeralds weighing 10 carats, 9 diamonds weighing 5 carats, and more than 800 grams of gold went into the manufacture of the blade and handle. It took almost 10 years to make the knife.
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