Just why…and how...does somebody manage to get a piece of the Statue of Liberty and put it into a 1911 pistol? If anyone can do it, it would be CEO of West Coast Choppers and gun enthusiast Jesse James.
The “Lady Liberty” Full Damascus Cisco 1911 is valued at $85,000, mostly due to the 500 hours of labor it required over about a year, but also for the opportunity to own a handgun that contains “the DNA of America’s biggest symbol of freedom.”
James has only made one of the pistols at his Texas-based Jesse James Firearms Unlimited and plans to only make two more, according to this story from forbes.com, and each one has a little bit from an original handrail piece from the statue's torch.
"A person that will remain anonymous was involved in the restoration (of the Statue of Liberty). He happened upon a piece of original handrail from around the torch. It was just laying there, so he grabbed it, and it ended up in my hands," James told Forbes.
James has made guns for notables in the past, such as a pair of custom guns for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (RIP, Brangelina), which you can read about here. He's also made a gun for Texas Gov. Rick Perry with the Texas Seal of the Governor on it.