What's It Worth? The Allure of Militaria

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We were recently contacted by a New York collector who had decided to buy some real estate and wanted us to help him sell his lifelong militaria collection. Collecting militaria has always been controversial because of the philosophy behind it. Almost all collectors collect militaria for its historical importance even though it may represent disturbing images and unpleasant memories. The gentleman collector heavily focused on American military pocket watches and wrist watches, which remain the most popular. But he also had a good amount of World War II Japanese and German items. He has close to 200 lots in collectibles and it is expected to bring well over $100,000. Pictured below are two each of the more extraordinary Japanese, American, and German timepieces and their values. Three former Sothebys.com associates and two art historians on staff. We’ve sold for museums, universities & collectors. You’ve read about us in the Wall Street Journal & New York Times. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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