Not too long ago we told you about the famous Luger from the movie Wall Street. It’s in the news again.
The corporate-takeover shark played by Michael Douglas in the movie “Wall Street” brandished a replica and bragged about it as “the rarest gun in the world.” An Indonesian billionaire paid $1 million for the real thing, and it became known as “the million-dollar Luger.”
That was in the late 1980s, when the Douglas line “greed is good” captured the spirit of the times.
On Sunday, under very different economic circumstances, the coveted .45-caliber Luger found a new owner for half that price at a public auction in Anaheim.
The gavel came down at $430,000 from an anonymous bidder. With the 15% buyer’s premium, the 103-year-old weapon fetched $494,500.
“It’s a great bargain; he’ll be very happy,” said Greg Martin, whose company, Greg Martin Auctions, ran the sale. “The mystery of the million-dollar Luger has been solved by the market. But it will always be known as the million-dollar Luger.”
Proxy bidder Paul Cole, president of Gun World in Burbank, said he represented a celebrity who chose to remain anonymous.
“The buyer has a huge firearms collection,” Cole said. “He wanted to make this the crowning jewel of his collection. He’s really excited; he’s in tears. And it’s really hard to get him excited.”
Read the rest of Ching-Ching Ni’s article at The L.A. Times.
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