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Rock Island Auction Company

#1 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: 2054

    Lot 2054: Winchester 90 Rifle 22 WRF

    This is a beautiful example of a super rare Deluxe "Factory" engraved and highly embellished...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2152

    Lot 2152: James Reid .41 Caliber Knuckle Duster Revolver

    Only an estimated 150 .41 caliber knuckle duster revolvers were manufactured in a two year...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3350

    Lot 3350: Parker Bros - Double Barrel

    Manufactured in 1881. The table on page 278 of "The Parker Story" by Gunther, Mullins,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3224

    Lot 3224: Documented Rare Bullard Schuetzen Semi-Deluxe Single Shot Rifle

    Offered here is a Bullard Schuetzen rifle with detachable-interchangeable barrel. Only a single barrel is...

  • 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: 2727

    Lot 2727: Colt Factory Enscribed New Service

    This is an outstanding example of a Colt factory inscribed/engraved New Service Revolver that was...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 757

    Lot 757: Winchester 59 Shotgun 14 Experimental

    This is an excellent example of an extremely rare experimental 14 gauge Winchester Model 59...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2390

    Lot 2390: Cased Consecutively Numbered Set of Two Galeazzi Signed Master E

    The excellent Perazzi shotgun has a single nickel bead sight, with light border engraving around...

  • 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: 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: 3011

    Lot 3011: Winchester 1873 Rifle 38-40 WCF

    Winchester Deluxe Special Order Model 1873 rifle with casehardened receiver. The forearm and pistol grip...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2389

    Lot 2389: Stunning Cased Set of Two Gianfranco Pedersoli Signed Master Eng

    This attractive shotgun has a single nickel bead sight, light border engraving around the chamber...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2396

    Lot 2396: Pair Master Engraved Consecutively Serial Numbered Shotguns

    Manufactured in Brescia, Italy, Famars shotguns are some of the world's finest and were available...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1002

    Lot 1002: Winchester 94 Carbine Michelob Diamond Jubilee Commemorative

    This is a very rare Winchester commemorative carbine with only 250 manufactured in 1971. This...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2022

    Lot 2022: Winchester 1886 Rifle 40-65 WCF Special Order

    This is truly an exceptional example of a special order Winchester Model 1886 Fancy Sporting...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2070

    Lot 2070: Lindsay John P - Two Shot

    Manufactured in the early 1860s by Union Knife Company, Naugatuck, Ct. for the inventor John...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 459

    Lot 459: Smith & Wesson Revolving-Rifle Rifle 320

    Manufactured from 1879 to 1887, the Model 320 revolving rifle is one of the rarest...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2619

    Lot 2619: 1938 Service Ace Conversion Kit, Factory Engraved & Documented

    According to the included factory letter, this conversion kit was "Grade B" engraved at the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3087

    Lot 3087: Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 First Issue Revolver with Factory Box

    The accompanying factory letter confirms the caliber, barrel length and rosewood grips. It was part...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2603

    Lot 2603: Volksturmgewehr/Sturmgewehr Magazine Pouch Set w/Magazines

    The most famous and desirable VG weapon was the Gustloff Werke VG1.5 configured to accept...

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Our customers SAY...

Good Morning, Jacquie; I received the revolvers today in good shape.  Thank you so much for helping me with this order.  You are, without a doubt, the BEST assistant on ANY auction site that I have ever done business with!!!! Thank you so much!!! Merry Christmas!!

T.B.

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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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April, I received the catalogs last night. The photography is outstanding! Please pass that on to whoever does your photo work. They deserve a lot of credit. Thank you for your time and quick reply's. Regards,

R.G.

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