"My father lined the back of a picture frame with red velvet, placed the gun inside and hung it up in our living room for about a year. A gun collector that lived down the street heard about it and asked to look at it. When he saw it, he offered my dad $10,000 on the spot," Hoppe says. "When my folks said no, he said, 'if you're not going to sell it to me, I advise you to keep it in a safer place.' Shortly thereafter, my parents put it in a safe-deposit box, and that's where it has stayed until now. My father passed away in 2009, but my mom, myself and my three brothers collectively own the gun, so we'll split the money five ways."