If the latest Rock Island Auction Company event is any indication, the market is on fire for collectable firearms. The Illinois auction house’s December Premiere Firearms auction netted a whooping $14.7 million in sales. This topped off what has been a very profitable year for the company, which has moved more than $51 million worth of merchandise in 2015. RIAC’s latest auction featured lots from seven renowned collections and 3,000 total firearms. But it wasn’t a gun that led the sales at the Dec. 4-6 event, but an ancient piece of armor, which drew a staggering bid of $2.3 million. Check out it and the other drool-worthy lots that moved at the auction in the photo gallery below.

MP44 Fully Automatic

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The MP44 is considered one of the forebearers of modern military rifles. This solid example, produced by Steyr, walked out the door with a final bid of $28,750 and came with ZF4 sniper scope, mount, case and extra magazines.


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2016 Standard Catalog of Firearms

Inside You’ll Find In the Catalog:

  • More than 7,500 photos with extensive descriptions that let you know what you’ve got and what it’s worth.
  • Updated values and up to six condition grades, for a total of more than 110,000 prices.
  • 16-page full-color photo section featuring some very unique and historic Winchester firearms.
  • A guide to Firearms Trade Names covering more than 150 years of gun history.