Some of the rarest items ever offered to the public have been discovered in Australia in shipping containers and storage sheds containing a lifetime collection of militaria from all around the world.
CAPTION: A WWII-era Australian Bren Gun Carrier available to buy at auction. Image supplied by Lloyds Auctions and Valuers.
The “Rod Bellars Collection” was built by Rod over 60 years, accumulating items from all around the world.
His recent passing meant his amazing icons of history will be dispersed to new homes.
Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers in Australia Lee Hames said the more than 10,000 items across many acres constituted a lifelong military-collector’s passion.
“We were in complete disbelief when we arrived to inspect the collection,” Mr Hames said.
“These are some of the rarest militaria collectables from WWI and WWII that we have ever seen.
“There is everything from military tanks [sic] to firearms, swords, military uniforms, helmets, boots and heavy artillery [sic].
“As we were uncovering the special collection of militaria, we came across some very rare pieces, many of which are ‘one off’ and may be worth significant amounts of money.”
Items featured across the collection will be sold through 14 separate online auctions which are live now and include tanks [sic], artillery, swords, firearms, helmets, radios, boots, parachutes, military uniforms and much more.
If you would like to own some significant pieces of military history, you can register and bid in the auctions here.