Numerous items from the Cold War era, including weapons and secret equipment of Soviet spies – the former collection of the closed KGB espionage museum – will be for sale in the United States. It is reported on the website of the auction house Juben’s Auctions, which organizes the auction.
The press release notes that the auction will take place on February 13 in Beverly Hills. Among the lots will be American artifacts, but special emphasis is placed on items that belonged to Soviet spies. These include miniature pistols disguised as lipstick and a fountain pen, tiny cameras to put in a necktie or cigarette case, and a set for drilling narrow holes in walls – in which eavesdropping devices were then placed.
For sale is the famous encryption machine “Violet” from the early days of the Cold War and a bust of Lenin, which allegedly stood in the office of the KGB in Kaliningrad.
It became known last October that the museum would close because of the pandemic.