Category Archive 'Rock Island Auction Company'

12 Apr 2021

Alexander Hamilton’s Martial Pistols

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Carried by Phillip Schuyler in the French and Indian War, then given by Schuyler to his son-in-law Alexander Hamilton circa 1780.

Rock Island is predicting a new record firearms price.

14 Nov 2020

Who Doesn’t Like Shooting Televisions?

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Rock Island Auction Company shoots tvs with Elvis Presley’s own Smith & Wesson Model 36.

22 Apr 2020

Gangster Guns Coming to Auction

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RIA will be offering some pretty serious historic collectable firearms at its Premier Auction, May 22-24, 2020: Pretty Boy Floyd’s 1911 Government Model .45 ACP Colt, Al Capone’s Model 1908 Colt .380 Automatic Pocket Pistol, and (!) a Colt Thompson Model 1921 Submachine Gun with provenance from the Dayton, Ohio Police Department describing it as “confiscated from a bank robber,” with some possible connection to John Dillinger.

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27 Aug 2019

Rock Island Has Smith & Wessons

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Coming up September 6, 7, and 8: great Volcanics, a really cool Third Model Target complete with stock, a couple engraved by Nimschke, and a Kornbrath-engraved Registered Smith & Wesson to die for, and (for the icing on the cake) Elmer Keith’s own .38-44 with holster and Roper grips no less. If you recently won the lottery, you’re all set.

20 Jul 2019

The Last Walker Colt

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A great item, but so damn valuable that nobody will ever again drop the hammer, let alone shoot it.

15 Apr 2019

If You Happen to Have All the Tea in China…

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How on earth did it survive in that condition all these years?

30 Mar 2019

Most Expensive Firearm Auction Sale Price of All-Time?

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