A Look at RIAC’s December Premiere Firearms Auction


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.

Engraved Winchester Model 1894

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Classic Winchester lever actions always draw a pretty penny, but this Model 1894 exceeded expectations. The .30 WCF rifle drew a winning bid of $207,000, but there was plenty fueling this specimen from the Mac McCroskey Collection. In particular, the rifle boasts an incredible signed engraving by John Ulrich — part of one of the 20th Century’s most renowned family of engravers.


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.

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