Vietnam War Zippos

Im Juni haben sie Bradford Edwards Sammlung von Zippos aus dem Vietnam-Krieg versteigert, für die er jahrelang durch das Land gereist ist. Spooky, kinda.

A rare, authentic collection of 282 Vietnam era Zippo lighters went on the auction block June 21st at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. The collection belongs to artist Bradford Edwards, whose collection was showcased in the book Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers’ Engravings and Stories 1965-1973 (Sherry Buchanan, University of Chicago Press, 2010). Some of you may remember the collection, which received media attention by the New York Times, NPR, and others. The lighter collection had a starting price of $30,000 to $50,000 and was included in the book. Considering the years of search Mr. Bradford spent in Vietnam sourcing and assembling the collection, the starting price seems realistic.

VIETNAM ZIPPO LIGHTER COLLECTION, Accidental Mysteries: 06.24.12 (via MeFi)