Guillotine bought to millionaire collector


A guillotine is pictured in its auction room in Nantes, western France, on March 25, 2014.Picture copyright

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This actual guillotine was put to public sale in 2014 however didn’t promote

A guillotine has fetched €8,008 (£7080) at a controversial public sale in Paris.

The 150-year-old reproduction of a tool used for executions was purchased on Wednesday by a French millionaire and collector of weird objects.

France’s public sale watchdog was against the sale, regardless of the public sale home insisting that the 3m (10ft) instrument in query had by no means been used.

The guillotine was final used to behead a convict in 1977. France abolished the demise penalty in 1981.

The reproduction, which has a number of dents on the blade, was as soon as on show at a museum of torture in Paris. It was a part of a chapter sale of a jazz membership that took over the museum’s premises.

“They shouldn’t be promoting this guillotine,” a spokesperson for the French public sale regulators informed the Parisien newspaper.

“Objects like the garments of people that have been deported to the (Nazi demise) camps and devices of torture are delicate.”

Nevertheless, the public sale watchdog was unable to dam the public sale, which lasted solely two minutes. Industrialist Christophe Février doubled the beginning value of €4,000 (£3,535).

Actual guillotines have been put to public sale up to now. One bought for €220,000 in Paris in 2011. One other, initially valued at €40,000, didn’t promote within the western metropolis of Nantes in 2014.

The guillotine was first used through the French Revolution, with 16,000 folks beheaded between 1973 and 1794, most notably King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.


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