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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: 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: 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: 2145

    Lot 2145: Factory Engraved Rare Short Barrel Colt Cloverleaf Revolver

    Manufactured in 1874 with the scarce short 1 1/2 inch barrel and a factory engraving....

  • 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: 2340

    Lot 2340: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. A. Galazan Model 28 Gauge Shotgun

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

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2831

    Lot 2831: Cased Smith & Wesson Elvis Presley Taking Care of Business

    This revolver has the standard markings and features for the Elvis Presley Taking Care of...

  • 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: 2688

    Lot 2688: WW II Rock-Ola Factory Presentation M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine

    With the lowest production numbers of all the M1 Carbine suppliers of World War II,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2055

    Lot 2055: Winchester Model 1890 Rifle with Deluxe Maple Stock

    Manufactured in 1910. This Winchester Model 1890 slide action rifle has a beautiful birdseye maple...

  • 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: 3121

    Lot 3121: Winchester 21 Shotgun 28-410

    This is a beautiful example of an engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 21 Grand...

  • 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: 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: 2296

    Lot 2296: Colt Woodsman Pistol 22 LR Documented W.H. Gough Master Engraved

    The Pre-Woodsman Model was manufactured from 1915 to 1927 and prior to the "Woodsman" name....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 397

    Lot 397: Remington-Rider Magazine Pistol

    These pistols are based on designs by Joseph Rider, one of Remington's principle engineers at...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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Our customers SAY...

Judy, I visited your booth at the Colt Convention and was very impressed by your representatives and display. Today I received your beautiful catalog of the upcoming auction. I will not be able to attend in person but I would be interested in bidding over the phone or Internet. Thanks,

D.J.

Most Recent Auctions

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February Regional Firearms Auction

February 16 to February 19, 2017

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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...

Dear Mrs. Tanghe, I want to compliment your staff and high quality customer service that I have received from them. This is my first purchase with Rock Island Auction Company. Buying an antique Parker without an on-site inspection is a challenge. Clark helped me with the description and the condition of the firearm and Justin and Joyce helped make the post transaction very smooth. I appreciate their help and professional attitude. I'm looking forward to my collectable Parker. Thank you and Happy Holidays. Kind Regards,

M.V.

News & Events

News

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Blog

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Rock Island Auction Youtube
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    The Finest Known Cased Pair of John Manton Dueling Pistols
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    Elvis Presley: Revolvers of the King
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    Teaser - Revolvers of Elvis Presley
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    Fine European Military Arms
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    Teaser - Fine European Military Arms
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    Bespoke & Beautiful
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    TEASER - Bespoke Sporting Arms
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    Stunning Cartridge Colts
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    Cartridge Colt Teaser Video
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    Collection Defining Colts
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    Teaser - Collection Defining Colts
  • World Class Winchesters
    World Class Winchesters
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    Winchester - Two Icons Emerge
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    May 2017 Premiere Catalogs are on the way! Thousands Shipped in 94 seconds!
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    Colt Paterson Charger: An Old World Speedloader
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