Fine sporting guns and art offered at Greg Martin Nov. 18-19 sale

Greg Martin Auctions has announced its Fall Sale will be held at the auction gallery Nov. 18-19. Over 1,250 items will be offered for sale. Among the highlights of the auction is the exceptional Sharps Creedmoor No. 1 Model 1874 Match Rifle, used for competitive shooting in the 1870s and one of the finest examples extant of this firearm. In addition to a grouping of rare rifles, and a broad selection of antique and sporting guns, the auction will showcase the Harry Marx Collection of Contemporary Western and Sporting Art, featuring over 60 works of art including paintings and bronzes.  The offering signals Greg Martin Auctions’ expansion to the sale of Western and Sporting Arts. 
Bidding at the San Francisco auction gallery will begin with the Fine Sale, including the Harry Marx Collection, followed by Knives and Estate items.  The event begins at 10 am on Tuesday, Nov. 18, and continues into Wednesday until all items have been offered for sale.  Previews, free to the public, will be held the preceding two days, Sunday and Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm on Nov. 16-17 at Greg Martin Auctions.
Greg Martin, principal of the firm bearing his name, notes “Our Fall auction offers a wide variety of merchandise, sure to tantalize and tempt collectors even during this unsettled economy.  Indeed, antique arms have always been a refuge and safe haven in uncertain times.  Collectors who focus in this market often can find items of both exceptional quality and value.”
Items from the November sale will be showcased in two separate catalogs, including one dedicated to the Harry Marx Collection.  Both will be available online for purchase around Oct. 20.  As always, the complete catalog is presented online at by individual lot, including full descriptions, estimates and photographs.  Use of the RealRead format allows web users to view Greg Martin Auctions “Virtual Collector’s Catalog,” making the online viewing experience convenient, quick and easy.  The innovative technology allows Internet users to page through the catalog at the click of a mouse, just as they would look at a printed copy. 

    * A  group of rare and fine single-shot target rifles – perhaps the finest examples  of these firearms in existence – including:

        • An exceptional Sharps Creedmoor No. 1 Model 1874 Match Rifle.  Lot 182 (Estimate: $70,000-$90,000)

        • A Winchester Model 1885 Schutzen Single Shot Rifle.  Lot 273 (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000)

        • A Remington Long Range Creedmoor No. 1 Model 1875 Rolling Block Target Rifle.  Lot 189 (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000)

    * A  rare John Ulrich Engraved and Gold-Banded Winchester Model 1895 Lever Action Sporting  Rifle.  Lot 287  (Estimate: $70,000-$90,000)

    * A  fine Factory Engraved Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion  Revolver with Unique Eagle Ivory  Grips.  Lot 217  (Estimate: $16,000-$20,000) 

    * An  exceptional Volcanic Lever Action rifle.   Lot 259  (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000)

    * Scarce Smith  & Wesson and Volcanic Lever Action Pistols.  Lots 261  (Estimate: $12,000-$18,000 each)

    * Pair of fine Queen Anne flintlock pistols. Lot 21  (Estimate: $10,000-$12,000) 

    * Large selection of fine Bowie, Exhibition and Folding knives including several rare San Francisco Gold Rush era gentlemen’s knives by Michael Price and Will & Finck.

    * 200 assorted scarce Railway Police Badges.

    * A unique and rare Model 1879 Single-Shot Special Sporting Rifle by famed  firearms inventor John M. Browning.  Lot 175 (Estimate:  $10,000-$15,000)

    * A rare 17th Century Iron Treasure Chest.   Lot 2  (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000)

    * A fine selection of Gold Rush related items, including Solid Gold buckles, Gold Quartz jewelry and rare Photographic Images of Miners.   (Estimate:  $10,000-$15,000)

    * Oil on Canvas,  entitled “Samburu Tribesmen Herding Cattle Across the Ewaso Ngiro River,” by Terry  Frost, 65" x 35".  Excellent condition.  (Estimate:  $40,000-$50,000)

    * Oil on canvas,  entitled “The Big  Five,” by Eric Forlee, c. 2000, 36" x  56."  Excellent condition.  (Estimate: $15,000-$18,500)

    * Bronze  sculpture, entitled “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” by J  Shirly Bothum, 43" x 28-7/15.”  Excellent condition.  (Estimate:  $12,500-$15,000)

Greg Martin Auctions bidders can participate in the November event in various ways: onsite at the San Francisco gallery, phone bidding and absentee bids.  In addition, real-time, Internet bidding through Proxibid allows potential buyers online to view a photo of each item as it goes up for sale and to place a bid as selling is underway.
Greg Martin Auctions’ next sale is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2009, in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.
Photos of the November Auction items are available upon request; please contact Greg Rosoff at 415-537-3800 or via email at