Ulysses S. Grant revolvers fetch $5.17 million at Rock Island Auction

Rock Island Auction Society (RIAC) announced that its first May auction achieved total sales of $28.2 million, with a pair of Ulysses S. Grant Remington revolvers selling for $5.17 million on opening day of the three-day auction from May 13-15.

The first auction in May was the second largest auction in company history, according to a press release. Remington revolvers, numbered 1 and 2, previously owned by Civil War general and 18and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Ulysses S. Grant’s revolvers (Photo courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company.)

The sale of the revolvers smashed the auction house’s previous record, which was the sale of a six-gun set presented to Napoleon Bonaparte for $2.875 million in December 2021, the statement said.

The auction also included weapons from well-known personalities such as Wild Bill Hickok, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover and a Colt Single Action Army revolver documented as a battlefield pickup at the Little Bighorn.

Other pieces highlighted at the auction include:

  • Wilbur Glahn Etched and Gold Inlaid Colt Single Action Army
    • Estimated price before auction: $170,000 – $250,000
    • Realized price: $411,250
  • Confederate Dance and Revolver Brothers
    • Estimated price before auction: $95,000 – $160,000
    • Realized price: $199,750


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