George Washington’s Saddle Pistols: $1,986,000
Not to be outdone by South American revolutionary war pistols, these U. S. of A. revolutionary war pistols went to the Richard King Mellon Foundation in 2002 for just shy of $2 million at Christie’s. Since most people agree they’re the most important firearms in American history and not some show-off piece for a Silicon Valley mogul, they’re currently on display at Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania.
After arming George Washington throughout America’s war for independence, these twin firearms eventually landed in the hands of seventh US president Andrew Jackson. From there they travelled a long inheritance to arrive back in public view just last decade, and rightfully so — could there be a more powerful homage to the birth of America?