By Mike Jones
An extremely rare solid gold secret spy camera ring – used by the KGB in the Soviet era – is up for grabs for £14,300 ($25,000 USD).
The ring, believed to be one of only two of its kind in the world, houses a tiny hidden film camera within an ornate engraved 14 carat gold band.
Used by Russian spies, it is believed to have been owned since the early 1970s before being auctioned off at Christie’s in 1991 to famous Japanese jewellery collector Mr Shibata for $25,000 USD (£14,300).
The unique piece of jewellery, which weighs 44g, is now on sale at Hit Camera Ltd in Ontario, Canada, and must be picked up in person by the future buyer due to its value.
Seller Shelton Chen said: “Only a few of these camera have ever been discovered, and every one has a slightly different design.
“It is a true collector’s piece.
“So far I have had many interested buyers, but they have all been low ball offers.
“I am firm at my asking price of $25,000, or I will just keep it.
“It is so unique, I don’t believe I will ever see another one any time soon.”
The ring fits a tiny camera, variable aperture and a guillotine shutter into a crown-shaped bezel.
The lens has no fungus, scratches or haze and the aperture still opens and closes smoothly.
It also comes with a film holder which fits a strip of 8mm camera film and 14 carat solid gold decorative cover.