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D-Day landing flag up for bids during Sept. 8-10 sale

An American flag that flew during the landing on Gold Beach, during the Invasion of Normandy, is among the items coming before bidders during Rock Island Auction Co.'s September Premiere Firearm Auction.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Raising the bar. Setting the standard. Stretching the limits. With every new event at Rock Island Auction Company, the benchmark for excellence is set higher. The firm’s Sept. 8-10 Premiere Firearms Auction plays host to a drove of firearms treasures and a D-Day flag sure to grab interest.

Historic D-Day Flag Garnering Early Attention

American D-Day flag

The American flag that flew on D-Day, now up for bid during Rock Island Auction Co.'s September auction, with an estimate of $250,000-$375,000. (All photos courtesy of Rock Island Auction Co.)

An American flag flown at the D-Day landing on Gold Beach is one of the lots in the sale. The flag is from the collection of Robert M. Lee, which is entering into its fourth appearance at RIAC. It is among the lots eyeing the top lot of the non-firearms offerings. In addition, the Putnam Green/Sycamore Collection will include authentic World War II German militaria.

The Landmark Collection of military arms and Class III weapons are sure to be of interest. Collections of immaculate condition firearms, pre- and postwar Smith & Wesson double action revolvers, high art European arms, and an important 19th-century American arms will also cross the block.

Immense Selection of Winchesters Set to Sell

One remarkable rifle in the sale is a factory inscribed Winchester Model 1895 with ties to Buffalo Bill Cody. The historic gunslinger is said to have given it to his friend and New York State Senator Fred Kavanaugh. Other rare lever guns include a 1873 carbine with a mirror-like full nickel finish, a first Model 1894 with a case hardened receiver, a deluxe Model 1873 in .22 short with a factory mounted Winchester A5 scope, and an elaborate, special order, deluxe, factory engraved, and gold inlaid Model 1894 takedown with a seldom seen birdseye maple stock. Not to mention a silver plated Henry rifle in the same serial number range as those given to President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.

More than 500 examples of percussion and cartridge-era Classic Colt revolvers will cross the auction block. Leading the way is an exceptional cased set of factory engraved Model 1851 square-back revolvers, followed closely by a Colt Model 1860 Army with silver plated components, factory engraving, and a factory shoulder stock in a striking mahogany case.

The September preview day promises to be a fun occasion. Held on Thursday, Sept. 7 after the full day preview, RIAC throws its annual barbecue. Smoked meat from Jim’s Ribs will be available with all the trimmings. Cold beverages live music, and plenty of gun talk with fellow collectors is also on the agenda.

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