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American Arms Collectors - Percussion Colts and Their Rivals "The Al Cali Collection"

American Arms Collectors - Percussion Colts and Their Rivals "The Al Cali Collection"

by R.L. Wilson
Author: R.L. Wilson
Format: Hardcover



This is arguably the finest firearms book ever published. It showcases three elements of collecting firearms that have never been combined in print before. All images depict life-size firearms so the reader can visualize the relative sizes and see every detail. The original condition of the guns is astonishing - some remain in virtually new condition from the mid-19th century! Furthermore, the quality of Mr. Douglas Sandberg`s photography is unsurpassed.

When noted antique firearms collector Al Cali sold his Colt collection on Sept. 18, 2011, little did he know that many of his revolvers would shatter existing worlds records for firearm prices realized at auctions. Al Cali did not have the biggest Colt collection ever assembled, but in terms of original condition of the specimens he chose, what he accumulated over 50 years is unequaled in the history of gun collecting.

This landmark Heritage/Greg Martin auction produced the following results: 5 cased percussion Colts sold for $3,852,500, and the cased and shell carved ivory gripped Texas/Holster Model No. 5 Paterson with 9 in. barrel gaveled for $977,500, establishing a new World Record! The 33 Colts auctioned off brought $6,690,740, averaging over $200,000 per gun!

Owning this book is the next best thing to owning Al Cali`s collection. With an impressive oversized 11 x 17 in. format, this 194 page publication is already a classic! Don`t wait, as quantities are very limited.

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