Cady Auction in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, opened the New Year, 2019, with a fantastic two day 300 firearms and militaria auction, January 19th and 20th. The weather had been incredibly nice for Iowa this winter until January 19 when a snow storm hit. Auction goers are a sturdy bunch, if there is an auction they want to attend, they will drive to it even in a snow storm, which proved true for this weekend's auction also. Cady Auction split the two-day auction up with sporting and civilian firearms and related sold on Saturday, and military firearms and militaria sold on Sunday.
Prices were very strong for both days. A record number of Internet bidders proved to be a challenge for in-house bidders, with an average of 71.5% selling to online buyers. “We are increasing not only our online out-of-state and international bidders, but also local bidders that will stay at home, bid online and pick up the following week. This was especially true with the inclement weather,” said co-owner Deb Cady.
Saturday's top selling firearm was Miroku Winchester model 1873 rifle selling for $4,000, a Marlin model 1894 cowboy carbine selling for $1,300 and a Winchester 94 Saskatchewan rifle selling for $1,200. The top seller in the related items was a Unertl scope selling for $625. (See photos for Day 1 results)
On Sunday close to 100 military firearms from WWI & WWII and from many different countries, were sold. These included a Fabrique Nationale rifle selling for $1,050, a Canadian Ross rifle selling for $950, a Swiss rifle selling for $1,050 and a Norwegian rifle selling for $850. Other top selling military firearms were a Springfield Training rifle $1,250, an English Enfield cutaway training aid selling for $1,100 and a 1980's Colt SPI selling for $1,600. Military and firearms related high sellers were three German military machine gun magazines selling for $550, World War II German Panzer Tank bayonet selling for $750 and a German Helmet selling for $750. (Photos for Sunday Day 2 results in upcoming May 21st issue.)
Cady Auction has become Iowa's premier firearms & militaria auction house. They have set themselves apart by offering their customers services they do not get other places like targeted marketing, knowledge of the industry such as firearm descriptions written by a qualified gunsmith and the latest technology. All these give sellers and buyers “The Cady Advantage”. Contact Mike or Deb Cady at (319) 364-4143 to discuss marketing your property, a full collection or one item.