In January 2019, Lithuanian immigrant Julius Urbaitis inaugurated the KGB Espionage Museum in Manhattan, displaying about 3,500 items used by the Soviet KGB to conduct spy operations in the United States during the Cold War.
In March of this year, the museum was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and does not intend to resume its work. Most of his exhibits will be on sale at Julien’s, which runs from mid-January to February 13 next year in Beverly Hills, California, both indoors and online.
The collection of the museum contains all sorts of “things” that you can expect to see except in the films about “007” James Bond. For example, a pistol in a tube of lipstick, a purse with a camouflaged camera, a poison needle popping out of the tip of an umbrella, all sorts of listening devices.
Initial bids for museum pieces range from a few hundred dollars for a steel door from a KGB prison hospital to several thousand dollars for a stone bust of Lenin and $ 12,000 for a Violet cipher machine. The auction will also feature other Cold War artifacts, including the report card of the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and artifacts related to the space race that involved the USSR and the United States.
Souvenirs from the KGB