A customized one-of-a-kind pistol created for Nazi military leader, Hermann Goring is up for auction.
At one point, the second most powerful man in the entire Nazi regime, Hermann Goring had a customized Walther Factory engraved gold-plated semi-automatic pistol in his possession.
The gun will be sold on Rock Island Auction Company where the estimated price range for the one-of-a-kind pistol is $250,000-$400,000.
The auction company deemed the pistol the most historic Walther pistols that they have ever offered for sale.
The pistol, which was manufactured in 1939, is chambered in 7.65 mm auto with a a barrel length of over three inches. The three piece set of factory carved grips are also made out of carved ivory with a traditional Germanic oak leaf and acorn type engraving.
The left side of the slide is marked “WALTHER” inside a banner with no other markings on it.
The left grip has a large set of gold initials of “HG” and the right set has an inset of a gold plated and engraved “WALTHER” inside a banner.
In the middle of the right grip is the Goring family crest, which was designed by Goring himself after World War I. The family crest consists of an armored fist, holding a large fist. The crest is meant to represent his nickname, which was the “Iron One.”
Also included with the Walther PPK is one of Goring’s large gold rings that he wore at presentations and during party’s, as well as a set of gold-plated cuff links. Both items have his Field Marshall seal and the family crest on it.
The date set for the auction is September 9 and ends September 11.
Goring, himself was a World War I fighter pilot ace and the last commander of the Jagdgeschwader 1, which is the fighter wing that had been at one point led by Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron.
He later became the second most powerful man in Germany behind Adolf Hitler. He later founded the Gestapo before giving up command to Heinrich Himmler. He became the commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe and in 1941, Hitler designated him as his successor.
After World War II ended, he was sentenced to death at the Nuremberg trials, but instead committed suicide by ingesting cyanide just a few hours before his sentence was to be carried out.