Joe Grine hasn’t been the only shooter with a hankerin’ for a 1911-patterned .22 rimfire lately, as this engraved Colt Ace proves in spades. On March 13th it sold for a mind-blowing $103,500, at a superheated firearms auction held by the James D. Julia auction house.
You know that guns are a smoking-hot commodity when a winning bid of over a hundred large for a pistol isn’t even the biggest ticket of the day. The little Ace didn’t have a chance: eight other auction lots (most of them vintage Winchesters) which sold for over $200,000 each. At the end of the multi-day auction, the total haul was approximately $18 million.
Slightly lower on the bidding scale (and much higher on the ickiness scale, at least for some of us) was a scoped combination rifle once presented to avid hunter, Luftwaffe chief and sick little fuck Hermann Goering. It went for $115,000, including commission.
Most of us can’t even dream of spending that kind of coin on anything that doesn’t come with a mailbox and a 30-year mortgage, but if I had that kind of money sitting around for collectible guns I wouldn’t have spent it to fondle the personal effects of a fat and perverted Nazi douchebag…
Because I wouldn’t have any money left after I spent it on machine guns! Dozens of fully-transferable NFA guns were on the auction block, where the bidding was hotter than an M-60 after its third belt of 7.62×51. An M-14 went for $31,000, and a BAR brought in almost $29,000.
But there were cheaper bargains to be had, however: ugly but functional Reising submachineguns sold for as little as $5,000, and transferable M16 receivers for as low as $11,500. Instead of posting all the pictures here (so we can all drool at the things we can’t have) I’ll let you check them out for yourselves at the Julia Auction site.
One last thing, before I go: am I the only one who thinks these prices are (more than) a little bit crazy? I don’t like to think about another election-year gun price bubble, because it seems like ammo prices are just finally getting back to almost where they were three or four years ago. I really don’t want to go there again.