Inaugural Sale at New Facility is a huge success for Rock Island Auction Historic Premiere Firearms Auction realizes $8 Million! The inaugural auction of RIACs new facility brought firearms enthusiasts of every level to the massive 86,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility.
with shoulder stock, holster and spare magazine selling for $25,875 and an exceptional DWM Model 1900 U.S. Army test luger pistol with original Rock Island Arsenal holster with a selling price of $23,000.
Other German Military arms attained high prices including a cased WWII German Luftwaffe issue Model 30 survival drilling with case and accessories which sold for $25,875, and an exceptional Mauser Tankgewehr-18 bolt action single shot anti-tank rifle with bipod which sold for an impressive $31,625.
The over 300 U.S. Military arms were highlighted with an impressive sale at $48,875 of a rare Pedersen device with metal case and U.S. Model 1903 Springfield Mark I rifle, a rare late WWII original inland "T3" carbine with M2 infrared sniper scope with accessories sold for $23,000, and a rare U.S. trials Colt Model 1907 Army contract semi-automatic pistol with factory letter sold at $14,950.
Sportsmen found something in this auction from the highest quality and condition to the field grade. Of the over 500 sporting arms in this auction a custom engraved gold inlaid Winchester Model 21 two barrel set 28 and 410 gauge Grand American double barrel shotgun with case took top sales at $31,625. Side by side shotguns were in high demand with bidders driving impressive sales of a rare Parker Brothers Model VHE grade 410 double barrel shotgun with Abercrombie & Fitch marked leather case and a cased Balneari signed master engraved gold inlaid two barrel set Piotti Pachmayr extra double barrel shotgun selling at $25,875 and $19,550 respectfully. Sporting rifles did well across the board with impressive numbers which include an engraved gold inlaid pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Super Grade bolt action rifle with box in rare 7mm Mauser caliber leading the group with a final sale price of $23,000.
Condition, quality, and diversity made this a must participate for a U.S. early Martial collection including Martial Arms pre and post Civil War. A spectacular Civil War New Haven Arms Co. Henry lever action rifle sold for an impressive $51,750. A rare engraved Spencer sporting rifle brought an impressive $19,550 and a rare Confederate second model Griswold and Gunnison revolver sold after a flurry of bidding for $21,850. Intense bidding drove up prices for early Martial Arms including an exceptional and rare U.S. Springfield Model 1882 Chaffee-Reese rifle selling for $8,050.
Other notable sales from the auction included heightened interest in Kentucky rifles with the sales of a J.J. Henry marked Kentucky flintlock rifle selling for $9,775, a J. Roop flintlock Kentucky rifle and a L. Coon marked flintlock Kentucky rifle each selling for $5,462. An engraved Germanic wheel lock with elaborate relief carved stock sold after a heated battle for $16,100, and an exceptional early 19th Century American Scrimshawed powder horn with patriotic motif brought a notable $6,325. Class III items were also in high demand with aggressive bidding on an original M60 "Fully Active" (New England Group/Maremont) medium machine gun complete with tripod T&E and pintle which finally sold for $40,250.