Website Bids Lead Charge in $8.5 Million June Firearms Auction

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By Danielle Hollembaek

Colt Model 1855 military revolving rifle


Rock Island Auction Company’s 2019 June Regional Auction was nothing short of an exciting and well-attended four day event. With over 5,000 lots up for grabs, the in-person, phone, and online bidders were fast acting when a lot they wanted came across the podium. The pace of bidding this weekend was speedy, averaging around 140 lots an hour!

Our website traffic for the auction was bustling and over 22,000 sealed bids were placed before the auction ended. Thousands of people from all around the world participated in the auction via telephone, RIAC Live, and of course the large number of sealed bids. It all resulted in a sale that achieved $8.5 million in four gun-filled days.

Henry Rifle with Civil War documentation

One main highlights of the sale was the array of gorgeous Henry rifles. The top selling of the bunch was a U.S. contract Henry Lever Action rifle that had documented use in the 97th Indiana Infantry regiment during the Civil War. Given the manufactured date of some where between 1862 and 1863, the rifle most likely saw use in the siege of Vicksburg, the Battle of Chattanooga, and possible in Sherman’s March to the Sea. The historic piece reached a price realized of $25,875.

The varied Colt revolver selection in this auction was another high point of the sale. One of the most outstanding was a Colt special order first generation SAA revolver with detailed factory engraving. Accompanied by its factory letter, the stunning blue barrel and original ivory grips made this Colt revolver stand out from the crowd. The beauty exceeded its estimate with a realized price of $20,700.

factory engraved 1st generation Colt single action army

From the great bidding battles to the wide selection of items available, this auction was the perfect way to kick off the summer. Collectors and gun enthusiasts alike came together to make the four day sale a huge success, adding to what is already an incredibly successful 2019. We thank everyone who bid this weekend for the outstanding sale and appreciate your endless support.


To view the prices realized for this sale, you may search the auction catalog or view the Prices Realized PDF.