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RIAC Holds 8-10 Gun Auctions Per Year for Antique, Modern and Rare Collector Firearms.

RIAC holds 5 major gun auctions per year, and 3-5 one day Online Only auctions. We are the world’s top gun auction house for antique and collector firearms. As our reputation for integrity, quality, and presentation of rare firearms have grown, so have our results. Thanks to our tireless work ethic and constant pursuit of excellence, we remain the largest auction house for antique firearms, collector firearms, rare guns, antique guns, modern guns, and other firearm related items since 2003. We continue to bring world record firearms prices and offer some of the most historic and rare guns you will find. If you are looking for the best in rare engraved, gold, silver and many other pieces of metal art antique guns or  you want some of the main stay collector firearms still in their usable life, you will find them here.

We hold gun auctions for  buyers, and we’re also the best place to sell your guns. Whether you’re selling a large gun collection or just a single inherited rare firearm, RIAC is the best and easiest way to sell your 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. We’re the best at what we do, we hold the world record for selling a single firearm like this Winchester 1886. As the undisputed leader in our field, we invite you 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 your guns today with the best gun auction house in the world!

 

Rock Island Auction
7819 – 42 Street West
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Rock Island Auction Company Firearms Auction

Premiere Auction

September 7 to September 9, 2018

Our Premiere Firearms 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 gun lots. Each of these auctions is made up of rare guns, unusual, mint, and highly collectable guns. 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 guns 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 gun collecting from antique to modern Winchesters, Colts, Remington, Walther, U.S. and European Military, Collector shotguns, 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: 1791

    Lot 1791: Perazzi - Mx8

    This collectors piece was manufactured in Italy around 1990 and has been transformed into a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1416

    Lot 1416: Very Rare Early Colt Experimental/Prototype Fully Automatic

    This is an exceptionally rare, very early Colt experimental/prototype Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) manufactured circa...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1496

    Lot 1496: Ishevsk - PPD-40

    This is a very fine example of a scarce WWII era Russian PPD-40 submachine gun...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1209

    Lot 1209: Two Percussion Firearms and a Collection of Civil War Items

    These items were all owned by or attributed to Sergeant Charles Reisser (1835-1928), veteran of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1777

    Lot 1777: Fine Kell Engraved J. Purdey & Sons Large Scroll Shotgun

    The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in November 1951 for Donald...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1009

    Lot 1009: Ultra-Rare Documented Winchester "One of One Thousand" Deluxe

    This is an exceptional, totally original example of a documented Winchester One of One Thousand...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3275

    Lot 3275: Exceptional Cased Factory Engraved Deluxe Gold and Silver Plated

    Factory cased and deluxe engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver that was manufactured c. 1865....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3349

    Lot 3349: Cased Tiffany & Co. High Grade Presentation Sword

    The Civil War was one of our country's darkest moments and remains the deadliest war...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1774

    Lot 1774: Fine Early J. Purdey & Sons Over-And-Under Side Lock Shotgun

    The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in May 1952 and appears...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1025

    Lot 1025: Exceptional and Rare Documented Winchester Model 1876 Musket

    The Cody letter describes this Model 1876 as: "Musket, Sights: Baker" and states that it...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1160

    Lot 1160: Extraordinary "A. Johnson Ohio" Signed Golden Age Flintlock

    Gorgeous golden age rifle by Abraham Johnson (1793-1866). His first name also appears in records...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1413

    Lot 1413: Inglis - MKI Machine Gun NFA

    This is a very rare example of a post war British Bren MkI that was...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1414

    Lot 1414: Colt - 1921/1928 Thompson

    Colt Firearms manufactured approximately 15,000 Model 1921 Thompson Submachine Guns for the Auto-Ordnance Corporation in...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3007

    Lot 3007: The Poet Scout Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine

    This fascinating Winchester carbine was manufactured in 1880 and has the standard block style blade...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6

    Lot 6: Engraved New Haven Arms Company Henry Lever Action Rifle

    This is a very attractive example of an engraved Henry Rifle. Blade front and folding...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1410

    Lot 1410: Colt - 1927

    This is a very rare variant of the highly desirable Colt Model 1927 (AC) Thompson...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 117

    Lot 117: Cased Pair of Factory Engraved Holland & Holland Royal Rifles

    Manufactured by the iconic Holland & Holland of England, this consecutively serialized pair of Royal...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1500

    Lot 1500: Czech - ZB-26

    This is a rare example of a pre-war ZB 26 manufactured at the Brunn factory...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1495

    Lot 1495: Haenel C G - MP 44

    This is an exceptional example of a WWII German MP44 assault rifle, that was probably...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1563

    Lot 1563: Hermann Goering's Surrender PPK, w/Case, Research

    Taken completely aside from it's historical attribution, this is a very nice factory engraved Walther...

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Our customers SAY...

The February RIA auction was the first time I bid on guns. While I was only successful with one of my bids, the process was a great learning experience. The efficiency, customer focus, and integrity of RIA is second to none. Getting familiarized with the auction process brought me into contact with a few different staff members who provided education, advice, and assistance with patience and expertise. I will be back to the next auction and others going forward. I congratulate all on a great company in an interesting field. Buyers and sellers can interact with RIA with the confidence that the process and people are professional and honest.

Most Recent Auctions

Rock Island Auction Company regional Auction

June Regional Firearms Auction

June 21 to June 24, 2018

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Gun Consignment

We are the best place to sell your guns! 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 sell your guns by consignment 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!

Rock Island Auction
7819 – 42 Street West
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
USA

1-309-797-1500

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Our customers SAY...

RIA has been the consummate professional in the process of consigning my firearms. They are well organized and efficient and continually communicate very well with their clients. I would feel comfortable having the RIA handle any of my firearm related transactions. J.K.

News & Events

News

  • Record Participation Brings $7.3 Million in June Regional

    6/26/2018 By Joel Kolander In Rock Island Auction Company’s recent...Read More

  • RIAC Cuts Ties With Invaluable

    06/08/2018 By Joel Kolander   Recently several major corporations have...Read More

  • Rare Colt Revolver Sells for World Record $1.8 million at Rock Island Auction Company

    04-18-2018 By Joel Kolander  ROCK ISLAND, Ill – A rare...Read More

Rock Island Auction Company premiere Auction 21 days until theSeptember 2018 Premiere Firearms Auction-#74
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Blog

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    07/27/2018 By Joel Kolander Trench guns hold a fascination with...Read More

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    07/20/2018 By Joel Kolander Unless you've been completely ignoring our...Read More

  • The Schermuly Pistol Rocket Apparatus

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Rock Island Auction Youtube
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    MP40: The Personal Firearm of Captain Willis Cole Jr.
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    Holland & Holland: Hidden Tigers
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    Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker, Serial Number 2
  • The Singer M1911A1 & Life of Col Owen G. Birtwistle
    The Singer M1911A1 & Life of Col Owen G. Birtwistle
  • Benchmarks in Condition: Winchester Model 1886 & 1873
    Benchmarks in Condition: Winchester Model 1886 & 1873
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    The M1 Garand of John Cantius Garand
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    Which Garand Will Sell Higher?
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    Introducing: The 2018 September Premiere Auction
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    Ruger Hand Drills
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    Riding in an M5A1 Stuart Tank!
  • June 2018 Preview Day!!!
    June 2018 Preview Day!!!
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    Cane Gun Curiosa
  • Rare Colt Walker Revolver Auctions for $1.84 MILLION!
    Rare Colt Walker Revolver Auctions for $1.84 MILLION!
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    Colt Pythons: The Rare and Unusual
  • Real History. Real Art. Real Iron.
    Real History. Real Art. Real Iron.

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