Dorotheum’s weapon drew collectors’ attention

Caspian 2011 pistol. 9 mm. Lot sold for €3000. Hunting, sporting and collectors weapons. Dorotheum. Vienna, September 13

Vienna – On September 13, Dorotheum Hunting weapon auction, sporting and collectors weapons took place. The sales represented more than 450 units of fire-arms including the hunting guns, military carbines, different pistols and revolvers. Dorotheum gained good result having sold at least, 90 % of the collection which mostly consisted of the modern fighting weapon.

Contrary to expectations, the potential favourite of the auction – the magnificent hunting double-barrelled gun Blaser-R93 put up for the sales from the collection of the Minister of Economics Abu-Dhabi, the sheikh Ben-Zayed Al Nahyan was not sold. The rifle stock and a butt of this item are executed from the expensive Turkish nutwood. The bolt has the metal overlays covered with a skilful handmade engraving. Blaser was estimated at €15 000.

One more excellent sample of the collection weapon, an English gun by the James Purdey manufacture was not sold. The lot was estimated at €5000.

Thus, the rare Josef Just-Ferlach double-barreled gun created in the middle of the 20th century became the top lot of the auction. It was decorated with gilding and engraving. It was sold by auction for €12 500, having exceeded the estimate in €2500. The gun was sold with a scope and a wooden case upholstered in velvet. Among the most successful Dorotheum sales is the collection revolver Colt sold for €3250 estimated at €700. The SAA “150th Anniversary” model was made in limited circulation in 1986 to the 150th anniversary of the legendary company. Blued metal surfaces of this classical long barrel revolver of the 45th calibre were furnished with exquisite arabesques. The wooden handle had the golden emblem of the manufacturer.

The military 9-millimetric pistol Caspian 2011 showed higher result. It was sold for €3000 (estimate: €500).

The double-barreled gun by the Italian Vincenzo Bernadelli firm was sold by auction for €2000 having exceeded the estimate in twice. The 7-millimetric John Rigby & Co rifle was sold for the same price (estimate: €380).

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