Rothschild Manani flintlock pistols to top $129,000 in London

A pair of 17th century Brescian flintlock pistols by Pietro Manani, which belonged to the Rothschild family, are to auction at Bonhams London.

The lot will cross the block in the November 26 Arms and Armour sale with a valuation of £60,000-80,000 ($96,602-128,803).

Rothschild pistols
The Nazis looted the pistols during the second world war

They were looted by the Nazis during the second world war and stored in an Austrian salt mine along with the rest of the Rothschild collection.

David Williams, Bonhams director of antique arms and armour department, comments: "There can be few pistols with a more interesting history than these magnificent survivors of centuries. They are artistic and technological marvels of their time and remain today a window into the superb craftsmanship of the past.

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