Collectors from two different worlds had the opportunity to join forces this weekend to break 8 World Records at Rock Island Auction Company. The veterans of Rock Island Auction were out in full force driving prices on antique and collectible firearms, but there were some new faces that joined in to take home part of the first collection of pottery to ever be sold at RIAC.
Three major collections were up for auction this September as part of the 2,700 lots featured, the first of which was the Putnam Green Collection. This outstanding collection of rare, historic, and high condition U.S. & German Military Arms set records for four genres. The first record of this collection was a rare early production U.S. Colt Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol serial number 33 selling for $109,250 — a world record for a U.S. Colt 1911 Army — making it the top lot of the auction. Other records broken within this collection include: The finest known U.S. DWM Model 1902 American Eagle cartridge counter Luger pistol with holster which sold for $74,750; a serial number 1020 Walther prototype P38 semi-automatic pistol set the record for a WWII P38 at $43,125; and a DWM U.S. Army Model 1900 test Luger pistol with U.S. holster and accessories brought the most ever for a U.S. Army test Luger at $40,250.
The second incredible collection in this auction featured the finest factory engraved Remington shotguns from the pristine collection of James Tipton. An exceptional consecutively numbered four-gun set of Remington custom shop R.P. Runge engraved Model 1100SF semi-automatic shotguns lead this impressive collection with a final sale price of $31,625 after a flurry of bidding. An exceptional Remington master engraved and gold inlaid Model 11-48 premier F Grade semi-automatic shotgun commanded $18,400.
A rare late WWII Nazi VG1.5 Volkssturmgewehr semi-automatic rifle reached $51,750 and a cased model 1893 Borchardt pistol rig complete with matching walnut shoulder stock and accessories commanded $43,125. U.S. military arms also brought strong prices with the highlight being a U.S. Contract Henry Rifle bringing $51,750. Military uniforms, helmets and militaria were in extreme high demand with prices being driven well past the estimates. An SS Oberscharfuhrer's jacket with Deutschland Regiment, and SS combat helmet flew past the pre-auction estimate reaching a final sale price of $14,950. A very rare historic “Tombstone” Colt single action Army with Samuel L. Hart marked loop holster brought an impressive $37,375 and the first lot of the auction, a unique U.S. contract Smith & Wesson 1st Model Schofield revolver with Kelton safety and factory letter set the stage with a sale price of $19,550.
This September Auction brings the total for 2011 to nearly $22 Million, with another auction in December already filling up. Join RIAC for their December Premiere Auction featuring the second installment of Putnam Green Collection Part II, the evolution of Winchester featuring Volcanic pistols and carbines and Henry rifles, quality Lugers, and two of the finest Colts in their respective genres – Ainsworth ‘K’ Company inspected single action revolver and ‘B’ Company Walker. Rock Island Auction Company is currently seeking consignments of one piece or an entire. Contact Pat Hogan or Judy Voss at 800-238-8022 for more information on selling at auction.
For more information about the December auction visit www.rockislandauction.com.
Recommended books for gun collectors:
2012 Standard Catalog of Firearms
The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2011
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