NANTES, France A 19th century guillotine in perfect working order goes up for auction in France on Thursday and is expected to fetch up to $82,000, the auctioneers said.
The wood, iron, steel and brass guillotine, synonymous with the 1789 French Revolution, was used to behead people in the second half of the 19th century.
It will be auctioned on Thursday in the northern city of Nantes.
It is rare for this type of object to go to auction, so it is rather difficult to set a price, but we have taken into account its rarity, and auctioneer Francois-Xavier Duflos said. It would be nice if it remained in a historic setting, either on display in a chateau or in a public collection.
Duflos said the guillotine was used by the army but he did not elaborate.
The guillotine has been in private hands for more than a century and the current owner had it passed down to him from his grandfather, who apparently bought it in the early 20th century.
The blade of the guillotine bears the inscription Armees de la Republique, a revolutionary force created to defend France from its neighbors after the 1789 French Revolution.