Auction Begins Each Day At 09:00 AM CST - December 02-04, 2016 Preview Day December 01, 2016
|Antique / C&R Military Rifles||Edged Weapons|
|Antique Colt Percussion||Experimental / Prototypes|
|Antique European Flintlocks||German Luger|
|Antique Kentucky||German Military|
|Antique Percussion Non Colt||Henry Rifles|
|Antique Winchester Lever Action||Items with Video|
|Civil War||Modern Military Style Rifles|
|Colt Experimental||Shotguns Antique|
|Colt SAA 1st Generation||Shotguns Modern / C&R|
|Colt SAA 2nd/3rd Generation||Smith & Wesson Revolvers|
|Colt Snake Revolvers||Sniper Rifles|
|Confederate Items||Top Investment Grade Items|
|Drilling / Combination||Woodsman / Huntsman|
At Rock Island Auction Company we love to end the year on a high note, and 2016 is shaping up to be the best year in our 20+ year history. Luckily for us, our 2016 December Premiere Auction is the perfect event to both put a giant exclamation point on the year as well as put us in an excellent position to top our incredible, record-breaking 2015 results.Taking place December 2 – 4, this event will proudly feature items from the incredible third installment of the Robert “The Bear” Bretherton Collection, as well as phenomenal items from Part II of the Robert M. Lee Collection. Those two names are arguably the greatest collectors of the 20th century, and having them both featured in one sale is an unbelievable windfall to aspiring collections in a wide variety of genres.
These two juggernauts first came together in our September Premiere Firearms Auction, and the results were outstanding. Our December sale will pick up right where we left off in September as both collections as impressive in their size as they are in their scope. They offer collectors of every interest an unmatched balance of condition rarity, and diversity.There are of course other offerings of antique and collectable firearms slated for the fall months. However, do not confuse the very good with the truly great. We understand that our business is your passion and hobby. We understand the idea of a “hole filling piece” or a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” and in our December sale these opportunities are bountiful.
They come not only from the two aforementioned collections but also from such remarkable groupings as the second installment of the Thor Edgeberg Collection, Part III of the John H. Bill Collection of Rare European Semi-automatic pistols, a staggering fourth installment of the Piedmont Collection of World Class Kentucky flintlocks and high end European arms, the Gregory May Civil War Collection, the Dr. William A. “Bill” West Collection, and the second appearance of the Lt. Col. David Forsythe Collection.It will all come together for a brief shining moment in December. Don’t miss your opportunity to take part in this spectacular sale. We cordially invite you to our facility to attend the sale in person. It will be an event to remember.
Rock Island Auction Company is the global leader in firearms auctions, currently holding multiple records for our top-selling lots.