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Pricey Collectible Weapons

Though they pile up bad press and stir political debate, there is little doubt that people love weapons. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms estimates that about 2 million used guns change hands each year. Old-time instruments of violence are, increasingly, the investment choice of collectors seeking shelter from economic turbulence. For more on the hunt for antique weapons, click here.

Plus, check out 10 pricey pieces that have made foes — and pocket books — tremble.

By Bryan Harris
Posted 14 December 2011

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