I bought a Beretta 92 that looked like it was dragged behind a car, cross-county... It shot great, but was in rough cosmetic shape. I paid $75 (in 2001)for it and 5-15 round pre-ban magazines. After some tlc, aluminum oxide blasting and Brownell's Oven Bake coating, I sold it or $375.
This was the cheapest (paid for) a pistol, but I also bought a Llama .45 for $100. That's about all it was worth too...lol.
" The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to
keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect
themselves against tyranny in Government...." - Thomas Jefferson