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Rock Island Auction Company

Leading Auction House for Collectible and Antique Firearms

Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s top auction house for collectible and antique firearms. As our reputation for integrity, quality, and presentation have grown, so have our results. Thanks to our tireless work ethic and constant pursuit of excellence, we remain the largest collectible and antique firearms auction house since 2003. We continue to bring world record prices and offer some of the rarest guns, high art antiques, and plenty of collector firearms still in their usable life.

But we’re not just a place to buy collector firearms, we’re also the best place to sell your guns. Whether you’re selling a large gun collection or just a single firearm, Rock Island Auction Company is the best and easiest way to sell guns for the most money. Don’t take our word for it! Read about our consignment process, watch videos of satisfied clients, and see some of our spectacular results for yourself. Take a look around and find out what so many already know: we’re the best at what we do.

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Rock Island Auction Company Firearms Auction

Premiere Auction

May 5 to May 7, 2017

Our Premiere Auctions take place three times a year, each over a three-day period. A preview day is held all day on the preceding Thursday and the items are sold Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A Premiere Auction consists of approximately 2,700 antique and collectable lots. Each of these auctions is made up of rare, unusual, mint, and highly collectable pieces. We produce a minimum of 5,500 full color, 3-volume catalog sets featuring each lot with in-depth descriptions, a high and low estimate and multiple high resolution photos. Each volume of the catalog corresponds to a day of the auction.  The three Premiere Auctions are typically held in April, September, and December.  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 given Premiere Auction.

Each auction routinely covers the main genres of collecting from antique to modern Winchesters, Colts, U.S. and European Military, Sporting, etc. Our Premiere Auctions also offer swords, bayonets, military artifacts, and other related material. Our website features the entire auction catalog online and is searchable by model, serial number, manufacturer, lot number, keyword, and more.

Featured Lots

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 473

    Lot 473: Elvis Presley's Gem Studded Shelby County Sheriff's Badge

    Well known for his hit music spanning multiple genres such as rock & roll, country,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 744

    Lot 744: Pair of Engraved Boss & Co. Game Bird Set Shotguns

    Thomas Boss worked for the great Joseph Manton before becoming an outworker to the London...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 567

    Lot 567: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. A. Galazan Model 20 Gauge Shotgun

    This top of the line model uses the best quality materials Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3071

    Lot 3071: Colt 1851 Navy Revolver 36 percussion

    Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver manufactured in 1857 as part of the Ordnance Department contract...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 420

    Lot 420: Colt Single Action Army Revolver 45 Long Colt

    Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver manufactured in 1874 and sub-inspected by Orville W....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 570

    Lot 570: Engraved Parker Brothers GHE Upgrade Double Barrel Shotgun

    Manufactured in 1926, the introductory year for the .410 model. This is a very fine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3436

    Lot 3436: Ultra Rare Colt An-M2 Class III/NFA MG with Mount

    Wow! What a beautiful all original early WWII fixed-dual mounted AN-M2 anti-aircraft gun mount set...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 476

    Lot 476: Two Nazi Daggers Previously the Property of Elvis Presley

    1) Helbig first pattern Luftwaffe dagger, 17 1/2 inches overall with a 12 inch blade...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2484

    Lot 2484: Class III Original Smith & Wesson Model 76 Submachine Gun

    This is an original Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachinegun as developed in the early...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3343

    Lot 3343: Parker Brothers GH Grade Double Barrel 8 Gauge Shotgun

    Manufactured in 1916. This is one of approximately 11 GH grade double barrel shotguns Parker...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3268

    Lot 3268: Smith & Wesson K-32 Hand Ejector First Model Target Revolver

    This is one of about 94 K-32 Hand Ejector Target revolvers Smith & Wesson manufactured...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 474

    Lot 474: Historic Elvis Presley Signed Contract to Purchase Graceland

    Offered here is an iconic document signed by The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2472

    Lot 2472: Rare Valmet M82 Bullpup NFA/Class III Select Fire Machine Gun

    Designed by Valmet of Finland and intended for use by airborne troops to replace the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2169

    Lot 2169: Pair Cased Silver Mounted John Manton Flintlock Dueling Pistols

    Rock Island Auction Company is proud to offer the finest known cased silver mounted flintlock...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2531

    Lot 2531: Desirable German Model 40 Stahlhelm Helmet in Rare "Normandy Pat

    As a whole, the Nazis were early pioneers in the field of general-issue camouflage. This...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2178

    Lot 2178: Colt Single Action Army Revolver 45 Long Colt Blackpowder

    Manufactured circa 1886 and factory engraved by Cuno Helfricht. The accompanying factory letter confirms the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2577

    Lot 2577: Overseas Cap for a Waffen-SS Officer

    Constructed from field-gray wool, with silver bullion officers piping and a set of zig-zag machine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3320

    Lot 3320: Marcel Thys - Sidelock Ejector

    Custom made per individual order, Marcel Thys & Sons manufactured fine quality double rifles and...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2673

    Lot 2673: Springfield Armory U.S. M1-Garand Rifle 30 06

    M1 Garand rifle manufactured by the Springfield Armory c. 1958 for the 1959 National Matches....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3066

    Lot 3066: Consecutively Serialized Gold Colt Model 1860 Army Revolvers

    Rock Island Auction Company is proud to present this extraordinary factory gold plated matched pair...

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Our customers SAY...

I am writing this review about Rock Island Auction because I feel it could be helpful to families that are left gun collections by their loved ones. They put my father's guns in their Premier auctions, and their Regional auctions and they sold like wildfire. A lot of my father's Colts and Winchesters went far above their high estimate. We are so happy with this company I just can't express my gratitude in words. They completely understood this emotional journey we went on together to sell my dad's 50 year old collection. It was very sentimental, and it did turn out to be an amazing experience. My dad has since passed away. He was so pleased at the end of his life that his lifelong collection went to people that loved the guns like he did. I must say Pat Hogan and his son Kevin are a class act, we received top dollar for his collection. I spoke to Jessica Tanghe all the time and her kindness and understanding helped me through this process. If I were to rate this company on a scale of 1 to 100 I would give them 100. D. K.

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Consignment

As a firearms auction house, we have one common goal with our consignors: achieve the highest possible price.

Rock Island Auction Company has firmly established itself as the #1 firearms auction house in the world for collectible firearms, edged weapons, & military artifacts. It is a position we have held since 2003 through a winning formula of integrity, superior marketing, first-class presentation, and a constant pursuit of excellence. As the undisputed leader in our field, we invite you to consign your firearms with us to find out what so many others already know. No one gets you more money for your firearms, or works as hard, as Rock Island Auction Company. Learn how to sell you guns today!

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Our customers SAY...

Thank you Theresa, I was impressed with your company’s ability to adapt to our various telephones and locations so that I was able to bid. Tell your boss he has a great and friendly staff.

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News & Events

News

  • Colt Python And Smith & Wesson Owned By Elvis Presley

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  • RIAC Begins 2017 By Setting Records

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  • RIAC Shatters Industry Sales Record with $63 Million in 2016

    2016 had already proven itself to be a special year...Read More

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Blog

  • The Blunderbuss of General Thomas Graham

    03/24/2017 The Blunderbuss of General Thomas Graham One of the...Read More

  • Elvis Presley's Revolvers

    03-17-2017 Revolvers of "The King" Elvis Presley One of the...Read More

  • Wartime Japanese Swords

    3/10/2017 Wartime Japanese Swords From the perspective of the modern...Read More

Rock Island Auction Youtube
  • Colt Paterson Charger: An Old World Speedloader
    Colt Paterson Charger: An Old World Speedloader
  • The Sedgley Glove Gun as Seen in "Inglourious Basterds"
    The Sedgley Glove Gun as Seen in "Inglourious Basterds"
  • Online Only Auctions at RIAC
    Online Only Auctions at RIAC
  • Deluxe, High Condition Winchesters from World Class Collections
    Deluxe, High Condition Winchesters from World Class Collections
  • Rare and Highly Desirable Confederate Weapons
    Rare and Highly Desirable Confederate Weapons
  • Fine Engraved Sporting Arms both Large & Small
    Fine Engraved Sporting Arms both Large & Small
  • Percussion Colts: Experimental and High Condition
    Percussion Colts: Experimental and High Condition
  • Engraved Winchesters from the Robert Lee & Robert Bretherton Collections
    Engraved Winchesters from the Robert Lee & Robert Bretherton Collections
  • Nate Hosie Accepts the #RIAFreedomChallenge
    Nate Hosie Accepts the #RIAFreedomChallenge
  • Prize Walther Pistols from WWII
    Prize Walther Pistols from WWII
  • High Art and European Wheel Locks
    High Art and European Wheel Locks
  • Guns from Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and "King of the Cowboys" Buck Taylor
    Guns from Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and "King of the Cowboys" Buck Taylor
  • An Unprecedented Grouping of Winchesters
    An Unprecedented Grouping of Winchesters
  • President Teddy Roosevelt Discusses His Knife
    President Teddy Roosevelt Discusses His Knife
  • National Treasure: President Theodore Roosevelt's Hunting Knife
    National Treasure: President Theodore Roosevelt's Hunting Knife
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