Garand Owned by JFK Sells for Nearly $150K
Back in August, we told you about John F. Kennedy’s M1 Garand rifle that was to be auctioned off by...
Back in August, we told you about John F. Kennedy’s M1 Garand rifle that was to be auctioned off by Rock Island Auction Company (RIAC). Kennedy got the rifle from the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship in 1959, when he was U.S. Senator of Massachusetts.
The rifle was expected to fetch between $50,000 and $100,000. At the RIAC September auction, the National Match M1 Garand brought a whopping $149,500, setting a world-record price for a Garand that was previously held for only five months by an M1 bearing the serial number “7.” That gun was also sold by RIAC.
Kennedy’s rifle wasn’t the only big-ticket item to sell at the fall auction. Among the most notable was a lot that was part of the G.S. Cooke Collection of 1885 Winchesters. It contained a Revolutionary War-used Brown Bess flintlock musket with a virtual library of accompanying research as well as an authentic period diary, according to the RIAC news page. A collector paid $126,500.
Another high-priced item was a exceedingly rare, documented and historic factory engraved and gold washed “H. Himmler” SS presentation Walther PP semi-auto pistol that was captured by U.S. serviceman from Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff‘s headquarters. It brought a stunning $287,500 on its turn on the block.
The pistol had been owned by the serviceman’s family ever since the war, so it had never before been seen by collectors, contributing to the high selling price. A nearly identical, consecutively serial numbered version is kept at the West Point Academy Museum.
Another German gun was among the top sellers. A Krieghoff Second Model FG-42 paratrooper rifle machine gun with a detachable box magazine and authentic boxed ammo sold for $322,000.
In August we told you about the strange niche guns known as harmonica pistols and revealed that a famous maker of the precursor to revolvers was Jonathan Browning, father of the famous John Moses Browning. Well, he also made harmonica rifles, and a .54-caliber example with a 31-1/2 inch octagonal barrel and walnut stock with a five-round chamber bar and brass receiver sold for $138,000.