A Look at RIAC’s December Premiere Firearms Auction

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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.

Qaytbay Shirts of Plate and Mail

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Reported to be one of two known and identified Qaytbay shirts of plate and mail and the only one available in private circulation, the other shirt is housed in Topkapi Armoury Museum in Istanbul. Qaytbay was the 18th Burji Mamluk Sultan of Egypt. This historic 15th Century item was the belle of the ball, drawing a final bid of $2.3 million.


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