An American auction house will be auctioning off spy equipment from the Soviet secret service KGB next year. There is also a gun disguised as lipstick – there are 400 objects in all.

A gun disguised as lipstick and a hidden camera in a handbag: the American auction house Julien’s will be auctioning off spy equipment from the Soviet secret service KGB next year. According to the auction house, nearly 400 objects from the Cold War will go under the hammer, including an eavesdropping device from a hotel room. The auction takes place from mid-January to mid-February.

The objects were previously on display at the KGB Spy Museum in New York. The private museum, which only opened in 2019, had to close due to the corona pandemic.

Up to 12,000 euros per rarity

According to the auction house, the exhibits are now selling for up to $ 12,000 ($ 10,100). This top price could therefore be achieved with rarities such as a rare Enigma decoder.

However, the auction house expects some items to be worth only a few hundred dollars. “They are not insanely expensive things,” said Julien’s director Martin Nolan. “It’s funny things that can cause exciting conversations with friends over dinner.”

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