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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: 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: 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: 2174

    Lot 2174: Marquess of Breadalbane Presentation All Metal Flintlock Pistols

    Offered here is a handsome pair of all metal, extensively gold inlaid flintlock Highland pistols...

  • 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: 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: 2866

    Lot 2866: Factory Colt Python 22 Mag RF Revolver Used in Advertising

    Offered here is the rarest of Colt Python revolvers as it is one of a...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

  • 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: 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: 3084

    Lot 3084: Smith & Wesson 1 Second Issue Revolver 22 short

    This is a very nice example of a Model Number 1 First Issue revolver manufactured...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 12

    Lot 12: Winchester Model 1886-Rifle

    This is an exceptional example of a Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Express Sporting Rifle...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3402

    Lot 3402: Stemple - 76/45

    This is a very close copy of the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun chambered...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 230

    Lot 230: Remington Arms Inc Hepburn Rifle 44-100

    This is an exceptional example of a rare special order deluxe Remington Model No.3 Hepburn...

  • 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: 2054

    Lot 2054: Winchester 90 Rifle 22 WRF

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

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Our customers SAY...

Sirs, May I say that receiving these e-mails about your auctions is simply fantastic. While I can't go to many and don't buy a lot, these are precious to me and other Colt collectors. Thanks again.

J.R.

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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 Leslie, I received the e-mail and link to the online catalog for the upcoming auction, and I'm thrilled at the presentation you gave to my Luftwaffe Survival Drilling. Once again, I'm impressed by the quality, professionalism, and thoroughness of Rock Island's work and attention to detail. I'm looking forward to the auction with great anticipation. Thanks again for your help and interest, and I look forward eagerly to the auction itself. Sincerely,

B.H.

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