Joseph Stalin's soldier's blouse sold at auction

Soldier’s blouse, service cap and marshal’s epaulets of J. Stalin. Lot sold for €30 000. San Giorgio. Red Auction. Genoa, November 22

Genoa – On November 22, the Italian San Giorgio auction house held the large sales of military history of socialist regimes. Red Auction included more than 1300 items from the collection of celebrated collector Antonio Benedetto Spada – weapon, awards, badges, etc. The catalogue of the sales covered the history of Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Hungary, Ethiopia and other former and present socialist republics.

Among highlights was a soldier’s blouse of the secretary general of the USSR Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. It was sewed of white silk and sold along with a gold star, marshal’s epaulets and a service cap. The lot was sold for €30 000 having exceeded the estimate (€20 000-25 000).

The best result was for a rare Soviet award of the Red Banner which was sold for €130 000 having exceeded the estimate (€12 000-18 000). The Award of the Red Banner was established in 1918 for rewarding for special bravery, selflessness and courage shown at defense of socialist Fatherland. The present award is one of 130 copies made in the Soviet Transcaucasia. Unlike more known version with gilding, it has a little modified form and is executed from silver completely.

The Order of Ushakov of the 2nd degree was sold for €86 000. The order was instituted in the end of the Great Patriotic War and represents a silver star with gilt beams and an enamel portrait of the admiral in the centre. The back of the given copy has the inscription “model”.

The Order of Kutuzov of the 1st degree was sold for €85 000 (estimate: €30 000-45 000). In the days of the Great Patriotic War this order was for commanders of fronts and armies, their assistants and also chiefs of staffs.

In general the auction catalogue included almost all military, civil and government awards of the USSR. There were not so many orders and medals of other countries. They were estimated much more cheaply. Among the most interesting lots is extremely rare award of the Yugoslavian Star with brilliants and rubies, sold for €7000 (estimate: €2000–2500).

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