parkerized finish reaching $34,500. An extremely rare U.S. army first contract Colt model 1900 automatic pistol serial number 93 with holster estimated at $25,000 - 37,500 sold above at $43,125. A rare Savage trial military model 1907 semi-automatic pistol went out at $31,625. An excellent and rare Nazi WWII Luftwaffe model 30 survival drilling with original case and accessories drew bids to $20,700 and rare WWII German "bnz" single claw sniper rifle with Hensoldt scope sold at $8,625. The rare and beautiful military presentation swords featured an inscribed, 2nd pattern, Luftwaffe general officer's sword which sold for $12,650. This section also included 12 Class III items, $12,650 was paid for a transferable late production U.S. Army contract fully automatic "M2" inland carbine with ATF registration papers.
An outstanding array of sporting arms boasted a custom order Luciano Bosis over and under shotgun with gold inlay selling at $43,125 while an extremely rare engraved Parker Brothers model AH double barrel box lock shotgun in 28 gauge took $34,500. The sporting rifles in general did well 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 with a low estimate of $45,000 commanded $51,750. A rare collectorís set of twenty Browning shotguns and rifles that feature the same collector number (00109) prefix in the serial number stole bidding interest garnering $25,875 and a factory engraved Belgium Browning Pointer Grade B25 superposed shotgun with original box reached $10,925.
The April Premiere Auction was a success, combining an impressive sell through rate and sales over $7.6 million. With Rock Islandís yearly sales reaching over $10 million and an impressive 97% plus sell through rate year to date it is again on track to be the #1 auction house in the world in dollars of guns sold as well as number of guns sold. The market continues to show high quality items at attainable prices thus satisfying both buyers and sellers, a goal for any auction house.
Join RIAC for their upcoming auction: the next Premiere Auction will be held September 10, 11 & 12. This auction will feature one of the finest European military collections to ever come to auction. Rock Island Auction Company is currently seeking consignments. Consign one piece or an entire collection and know that you are consigning with the best. For more information on selling at auction contact Pat Hogan or Judy Voss at 800-238-8022.
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