I resurrected this post because there are lessons to be learned some obvious others not so clearly visible.
I recently went through the passing of my mother (my father 20 years earlier). My parents were avid collectors on many levels with good taste and good eyes for special things (no surprise there given my gun activities of recent). I went through the process of evaluating art objects for which I have no expertise, specifically for the future sale and liquidation. The fact is until you go through this process you don't know what you don't know. Point is and this is how I went you find a trusted expert follow their advice and detach emotionally and if you cannot keep the object.. In this case, if one is not in the gun world there is RIA, Julia and Amoskeag for starters.. In the high end art work as an example it is Christies and so on.. Beyond this there are those such as Jack the Dog and Lock Stock Barrel with stellar reputations. The point is one has to be real about what they have or this type of thing happens… There is a lesson here starting with don't overvalue an item.. The gun (and I have asked many times) has a value and whatever it is today the gun is less than it was 10 months ago as it sits today. Whatever that value is the gun is losing or has lost appeal because it is riddled now with a year of what is visualized as negative history by some. There is a lesson on all sides…
Last edited by Bigl1911; 11-27-2015 at 06:16 PM.
Hi, I hesitate to even post here. First of all, my handle is in reference to my job as a teaching assistant at a school for 27 years. I am embarrassed by some of the immature comments that were made. Yes, I am a first time seller. I have only the one gun I am trying to sell.
I do appreciate those who came to my defense and have been kind in their comments, thank you. I never should have posted the sale ad here in the beginning before I went to the NRA. I am glad I was finally able to go there and get the professional advice, information and pictures I needed.
I was advised at the NRA not to let the gun out of my sight, not to ship this gun to anyone to have a “look” before they buy. I would not know who you were, even with references. How would I know if the gun would come back to me in the original condition if you decided not to buy? I would be more than happy for anyone to come here and see it in person.
The reason I posted on GunBroker was because it was made very clear in the rules of ColtForum that if an ad is posted here on the Forum, you are not allowed to auction or ask for a best offer. Simply, I went to GunBroker because I can auction and also ask for a best offer.
Thank you again for those who were helpful.
This is the fourth time the pistol has been put up for auction with zero bids so far. Maybe the mistake was made when the full value assigned by the NRA expert was not used.
Extremely Rare M1911 Colt Pistol Marked N.R.A. : Curios & Relics at GunBroker.com
Yeah, I know, the NRA is stamped on it, but my 1916's bluing looks hellevalot better!
Last edited by Sportsdad60; 12-23-2015 at 09:19 PM.