Teddy Roosevelt's White House "nightstand gun" just sold for nearly $1 million at an auction.
"The firearm, a Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver, was a highlight of the Rock Island Auction Company's December Premier Auction, where it sold for $910,625," reports the Washington Examiner.
"Roosevelt's gun was described to be in 'fantastic condition' by the Illinois-based auction company, and its estimated value was between $800,000 and $1.4 million," according to the Examiner.
"We're thrilled any time a gun approaches that million-dollar mark," Joel Kolander, Interactive Production Manager, said.
"A few years ago, that was almost unthinkable, so firearms as a collecting genre has really come a long way," Kolander added.
Roosevelt received the gun by Smith & Wesson on May 12, 1898 as a gift, which was the same day he went to San Antonio to train the Rough Riders.
"Roosevelt intended to carry the revolver into battle against the Spanish, but he ultimately decided to keep it on his bedside table," according to reports from Roosevelt’s bodyguard.
Source: Washington Examiner
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