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
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.
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