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“In Cold Blood” Memorabilia & Militaria Sale

October 3, 2020

For this sale we have been consigned a one owner collection of World War II era original United States armed forces equipment and memorabilia including Helmets, Uniforms, Field Equipment, Edged Weapons, Sweetheart Jewelry, etcetera, of an Upstate New York collector, as well as a nice group of 19th century American military percussion muskets and edged weapons.

We are offering a remarkable archive of artwork, photographs, poems and memorabilia of Perry Smith, one of the two notorious murderers of the Herbert Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas. The story was told in the best selling 1966 book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote which was made into a blockbuster film of the same name. The items offered primarily comprise the personal scrapbook of Perry Smith which was gifted to prison Chaplain James Post immediately prior to Perry Smith’s execution by hanging on April 14, 1965. The group includes Smith’s personal copy of “On Man & Nature” by Henry David Thoreau, which is inscribed to Reverend Post and extensively annotated. There are also original mug shot photographs of Smith and Richard Holcomb from arrest and incarceration at the Kansas State Penitentiary.


Lot 284a
WW2 German Siemens SSK 90 Luftwaffe Flight Helmet
Sold for $1,500



Lot 272
WW2 US Army 2nd Infantry Division Helmet
Sold for $800



Lot 298
Collection of 15 WII German Medals
Sold for $800



Lot 129
Lot of 61 Plastic Western Model Kits
Sold for $700



Lot 58
Rare Army and Navy Model Edison Phonograph
Sold for $600



Lot 303
2 US Army Backpack Radio
Sold for $550



Lot 123
Lot of 70 Plastic Military Boat Model Kits
Sold for $500



Lot 125
Lot of 62 Plastic Military Ground Vehicle Model Kits
Sold for $500

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