We Hold Two Types of Auctions
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Rock Island Auction Company is located in Rock Island, Illinois. We on average sell between 18,000 and 20,000 firearms per year. We do this by conducting 5 live auctions annually from our brand new 86,000 square foot facility. We have two types of firearms auctions; Premiere and Regional auctions.
Our Premiere Firearms Auctions are held three times a year, typically scheduled in; September, December, and April. These are three day live auction events. For our premiere sales we produce an award winning full color catalog recognized by most as the finest catalog in the industry. These sales are built around; important, rare, historic and highly collectable firearms and militaria. Our premiere firearms auctions have made international press and are renowned for offering the most significant, historic and important firearms. It is not uncommon for us to set a world record in any give Premiere auction.
Our Regional Firearms Auctions are held twice a year, one in the winter, typically in February and one in the summer, typically in June. The regional sales are geared at beginner collectable antiques and modern sporting rifles and pistols. The Regional auctions are also three day live auction events in which we produce a black and white catalog. Every item in the sale is photographed and described. Our Regional catalogs go out to any customer who has spent a dime with us, for FREE! Our regional sales will draw in crowds that continue to grow and grow, and in the most recent sales we have seen crowds approach 1000 in attendance over the weekend.
As a consignor it is important to understand how potential buyers can bid at both our Premier and Regional auctions. If a potential buyer can not make it to the auction in person we offer several different alternative platforms for bidding off site to ensure your items bring their maximum potential. The first method for off site bidders is to submit sealed bids. A sealed bid is when a customer gives us, the auction hose, the authorization to bid an item to a desired maximum. On average Rock Island Auction receives 12,000 or more sealed bids per auction prior to the first item crossing the auction block. Customers also may ask to be represented on the telephone by one of our 30 plus experienced and professional telephone bidders (see the photo below of the auction hall, phone bidders row shown in the back wall of the photo). Rock Island Auction Company unquestionably has the largest phone bank in the Firearms industry and would rival any other auction house both foreign and domestic in size and number of phone bidder represented. Last a buyer can bid on the internet through one of three online internet auction providers.
There Is No Limit to What We Can Buy
While we always try and steer potential consignors to consign their items, we do encounter certain situations in which individuals would rather do a private sale or private treaty. If you prefer a private sale at a competitive price please know that we are fully capable of buying collections or individual pieces out right.
RIAC Has The Finest Facilities in The Firearms Auction Business!
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