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.
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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