Navy SEAL auctions knife from bin Laden raid – UPDATE – SOLD – $35,400!
Correction: The final price for the knife sold for $35,400 and the money goes to a great cause! Thanks ~ Mike P.
A prized piece of Navy SEAL memorabilia is being auctioned to benefit Special Operation Forces and their families.
The auction item is the Emerson CQC-7 folding knife that was carried by “Mark Owen,” a SEAL who was sent to kill or capture now-deceased terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
The Mark Owen pseudonym is used by the former DEVGRU mission member who published the account of the raid in the book “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden.”
“I’m donating the knife because the owner of Combat Flip flops is a friend and when he told me about this auction, and all the good that the money raised was going to go towards, I wanted to help in any way that I could,” according to a statement attributed to Mark Owen on the auction site www.24fundraiser.com.
To confirm the authenticity of the knife, The Daily Caller contacted Ernest Emerson, the famed weapons expert who designed and created the knife.
Emerson told TheDC that he gave the knife to Owen, saying that Owen should “see that this serves a good purpose.”
“I placed the knife into his hands,” Emerson told TheDC. “He is known to me. … [The knife] is real, and it is his knife that was carried on the mission.”
The bidding closes May 15, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Currently the high bid is $5,000.