After taking the Libyan capital on Aug. 22, rebel forces overran Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi's heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli the following day. The scene was one of celebration as truckloads of rebels entered the compound and divested it of guns and other trinkets that the colonel had collected over the years. Among the artifacts that rebels managed to abscond with were Qaddafi's golf cart, a gold-plated AK-47, and a treasure-trove of Condoleezza Rice's Kodak moments.
At one point, Qaddafi loyalists attempted to break up the party by firing mortars at the thousands of jubilant rebels, but the compound remained squarely under rebel control. The colonel himself was nowhere to be found, however, and has since issued a statement claiming that abandoning Bab al-Aziziya was a tactical maneuver. But rebels continue to close in on Qaddafi, who is apparently prepared to play cat-and-mouse for "weeks, months, and years," according to his spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim. On Wednesday, rebels placed a $1.7 million bounty on Qaddafi's head. How much does a gold-plated AK-47 go for on eBay, anyway?
Above, A Libyan rebel pretends to drive a jet ski found inside Saadi al-Qaddafi's seaside palace on Aug. 25 in Tripoli.