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150-Year-Old Guillotine Replica Sells At French Auction

150-Year-Old Guillotine Replica Sells At French Auction
July 12, 2018 Elijah James Logan

More than four decades after the guillotine was last used in an execution in France, a 150-year-old replica of the device made famous in The Terror that followed the French Revolution has sold at auction for the equivalent of $9,355. The 10-foot-tall guillotine, described as having “a few dents on the blade” had nonetheless never been used in an actual execution, according to the Drouot auction house. The auction, which lasted only two minutes, ended with French industrialist Christophe Février putting in the winning bid, which was double the starting price. Although the guillotine sold on Wednesday is a replica, its sale has sparked some of the same criticism reserved for past auctions of the authentic object. “They should not be selling this guillotine,” a spokesman for a French auction watchdog told the Parisien newspaper. “Objects like the clothes of people who were deported to the (Nazi death) camps and instruments of torture are sensitive.” The Agence France-Presse news agency

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