Rock Island's April Sale to Offer Condition and Rarity to Firearms Collectors Moline, IL April 30, May 1 & 2, 2010. Collecting is a hobby for many, a habit for some and a way of life for others. Rock Island Auction strives to meet each individual collector’s desire with every a
shot down. Accompanying this lot RIAC also has a rare Nazi WWII Luftwaffe Model 30 survival drilling with original case and accessories. A desirable WWII German MP-40 submachine gun with spare magazines is one of the12 class III items in this auction.
Over 500 sporting arms will be offered during the April sale including a rare cased engraved custom order Purdey side lock over and under double barrel shotgun estimated to sell between $65,000 and 90,000 and an engraved custom order Luciano Bosis over and under sidelock shotgun with case estimated to bring $40,000 - 65,000. The outstanding sporting rifles are lead by a royal pair of exquisite custom built and engraved, gold inlaid Winchester pre-64 model 70 bolt action rifles owned by prince Abdorreza Pahlavi imperial highness of Iran $45,000 – 90,000. A rare collector’s set of twenty Browning shotguns and rifles that feature the same collector number (00109) prefix in the serial number will grab bidding interest with a pre-sale estimate of $25,000 - 35,000.
An excellent array of European percussion and flintlocks include an exhibition grade cased pair of German breach loading target pistols. These exhibition-grade pistols are gold inlaid and relief engraved with European walnut forearms and fluted grips. The fluted barrels are blued with relief-engraved floral and cross-hatched designs on a stippled background. Intricate, gold, filigree designs are inlaid on the muzzles, breeches, sides and tops of the barrels. This magnificent set of exhibition grade pistols represents the finest turn-of-the-century German gun-making and engraving skill. This is a one-of-a-kind set of pistols that displays unmatched craftsmanship and detail is estimated at $35,000 - 65,000. Other fine craftsmanship can be found in a magnificent cased percussion pistol by Gastinne Renette of Paris estimated at $16,000 – 25,000 and a pair of Daniel Ross Scottish all steel flintlock pistols estimated at $10,000 – 15,000. Also crossing the auction block is an extraordinary silver mounted Pennsylvania rifle by Pennepacker carrying a presale estimate of $12,000 – 18,000.
In its entirety, over 2700 quality lots will be offered April 30th and May 1st & 2nd by Rock Island Auction Company. The highly unique and broad assortment of firearms in this auction is sure to offer something for every collector. The April auction is catalogued in a full-color two-volume catalogue, which can be ordered through the mail ($60) or viewed online at www.rockislandauction.com. Rock Island Auction Company is currently seeking consignments for their upcoming auctions.
Quick Highlights of the April Auction:
Over 2700 Lots
Over 2100 Classified as Antique or Curio & Relic
Over 600 Derringers and Curio Type
Over 650 Colts
Over 400 Winchesters
Over 500 Quality Sporting Arms
Over 500 Military Arms
Auction begins 10 am April 30th, May 1st & 2nd
Full day preview Thursday, April 29th from 10 am – 6 pm
Preview: April 30th, May 1st & 2nd from 7:30am – 10am, and during the auction for items not being sold that day.
Rock Island Auction Company’s 23,000 square foot state-of-the-art auction