D-Day auction illustrates a pivotal point in the history of technology
In recent years Paris auction house Artcurial has risen to elite status in many auction genres and like the other globally-recognized auctioneers such as Bonhams, Christies and Sothebys, the biggest players all auction something extraordinary from time-to-time.
Last week Artcurial held its D-Day Sale where the entire contents of the Normandy Tank Museum went under the hammer. It was a truly extraordinary event. Numerous world price records were broken and the perspective of the military collectibles market was slightly shaken at the values achieved. The sale fetched a total of €3,714,675 (US$4.14 million), which was much more than the top estimates of all the lots combined. That’s very hard to do without a voracious marketplace, so the rise of the military collectible as an alternative wealth creation asset class is now infecting yet another auction genre.