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Thoughts or impressions on the RIA auction? My impression of the company is that they specialize in American guns and tend to have a notch lower quality of offerings as compared to Morphy's, Holts, or Gardiner's. I was able to meet some of the auction guys at the Southern and handle a few offerings; although the actions were zip-tied shut we were allowed to shoulder them. I walked away with about 10lbs of auction catalogs after showing a modicum of interest. That led me to the King collection section from which several nice English shotguns were featured. For the first time, I actually bid for the in their auction on one of the Malcom King lots, the double percussion Boss pair. They were interesting guns, very late production percussion pigeon guns made to match a predecessor pair for what must have been a Sr. Citizen in 1868. The estimate was $14-19K and they sold for 16K.

I bid using an absentee pre-auction submission. The bid was "sealed" as in nobody saw the bid. However, as I checked the bid ahead of the auction, I was not able to see my competitor's bid, but I was informed that may bid status was "outbid", indicating that I needed to up my bid for a chance to win unless, presumably, the high bidder withdrew the bid ahead of the auction. I did not take the bait and stuck with my original bid and, predictably, was unsuccessful. I must say that the web interface was easy to navigate and the bidding process was very intuitive. It is probably my favorite bidding platform of all that I have experienced to date, but I am curious to know others' impressions of the auction, the offerings, and the bidding process...and whether anyone was "lucky"!


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I talked to the RIA people at Southern as well in particular Rick Henley, the Executive Director of Acquisitions. I sent them the Reilly History and SN date chart - they responded graciously (see the Reilly line).

The only gun I was remotely interested in was this Reilly Muzzle-loader Rifle, SN 8556 (firmly dated to 1848)...which sold for $4,000+. Pretty good for a percussion gun. And that is a historical gun...there are not that many extant Reilly's from that time period.

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I thought the sale prices were much stronger than recent auctions. An item I was interested in had a presale estimate of $2,250-$3,750, and sold for $6,000 plus about $1,200 in buyers premium. I thought it was a $2,800 item maximum. Did not see any good buys.

Who the HECK is/was Malcolm King? He must have the largest British gun collection in the States.

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I also was supprised at the general strength of prices. The item I tried for sold way above their estimated pre sale top price. I wonder with the threat of rising inflation if people are investing more now on firearms as their hedge.

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I've bought a hand full of RIA offering in the past. Always have been satisfied. One time i bid and won a particular double. It arrived in a totally different gauge. I thought I was buying a 28ga instead it was a 24ga. They offered me a discount.

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One wonders how many "King Collections" exist, perhaps unknown, and full of interesting doubles. Don't know if anyone here knew Mr. King, but he had excellent taste in firearms.

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That collection has been in the process of being sold off for sometime now. A client and friend has bought several pieces out of the collection.


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Amoskeog sold Terry Buffum's collection over a span of 3 years.


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He bought through Holt’s a hammer Edwinson Green rifle , a Jones underlever .500x3.25” Black Powder Express some years ago.

I haven’t spotted it in Rock Island’s recent catalogues, does anyone know if it has sold yet?

If it is yet to come up it is a nice rifle.

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RIA has good pics compared to Morphy. Better descriptions. Morphy noted a scuff on a Durston rib that was more a like a grinder was taken too it plus two taps in the rib for a scope or? Parker vh case were 50% faded. Pics looked fine. Case was a torch job clearly visible on tangs. No pocs of tge issues. Won’t shop there again.

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