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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: 2148

    Lot 2148: L.D. Nimschke Engraved Colt Cloverleaf House Model Revolver

    Manufactured in 1871 (the first year of production) this is an extremely rare version of...

  • 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: 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: 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: 2183

    Lot 2183: Colt Bisley Revolver 38-40 Silver-Plated

    Very Rare Colt Bisley Model revolver with factory engraving, silver-plated finish and pearl grips. On...

  • 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: 2596

    Lot 2596: Early Walther 480 Code P 38 Pistol

    This is a fine example of a very early "three digit" serial number, "480"...

  • 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: 637

    Lot 637: Exceptionally Rare Nazi Luftwaffe Double Sided Trumpet Banner fo

    Measuring 19 inches wide and 15 inches tall, both sides of the banner feature yellow...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2376

    Lot 2376: C. M. King Over / Under Combination 16

    Manufactured by C.M. King of Oakland, California, this unique combination shotgun/rifle features a side break...

  • 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: 549

    Lot 549: "Shoot Them and Avoid Trouble " Framed Winchester Advertisement

    These prints were released in 1908 and were quickly recalled due to the ease of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 485

    Lot 485: Smith & Wesson Model 29 Double Action Revolver Rare

    Manufactured in 1960-1961 with the rare 5 inch barrel. It features a serrated ramp front...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2371

    Lot 2371: Rare Panel Scene Engraved Cased Sequential Pair of W.W. Greener

    This is an extraordinary cased pair of W.W. Greener double barrel shotguns in the unique...

  • 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: 383

    Lot 383: Engraved Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Revolver with DeGress Grips

    Approximately 19,500 No. 32 Standard 1875 revolvers were manufactured by Marlin between 1875 to 1887....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 636

    Lot 636: Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co Luger Pistol 9 mm Luger

    This is a beautiful example of an all original, unaltered and very rare 1943 dated...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2646

    Lot 2646: U.S. 2nd Contract Colt Army 1900 Pistol

    This Colt Model 1900 Sight Safety Semi-Automatic Pistol was shipped to the Springfield Armory on...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3409

    Lot 3409: Ruger - 678G Governemt Model with Integral Suppressor

    Fitted with a Jonathan Ciener stainless steel suppressor. Patterned after the Target Model accepted by...

  • 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...

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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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