Nonetheless, the lively interest in the pistols by Heckler & Koch was truly astounding. Following various bidding wars, some hotly contested, the auction house reported a number of final prices, the like of which had never been seen. Heading the parade is lot number 2439, an H&K P7. The hammer only fell at a spectacular 33,750 euros, dwarfing its estimate of 1,000 euros. Meanwhile, lot number 2442, a Heckler & Koch P7 M13 by Pakistan Ordnance Factories, was not far behind. Although offers from 1,500 euros were welcome, the pistol duly fetched no less than 31,250 euros. Lot number 2445, an engraved Heckler & Koch P7, complete with the original wooden case, had a minimum bid of 3,500 euros. Once again, the new owner had no choice but to spend 23,750 euros.
Furthermore, there was a whole host of successes in the service weapons section. The innumerable highlights among the modern small arms included a self-loading pistol, which was made in Austria by Salvator and Dormus (lot number 2719). Just a few are known to exist around the world. A model 1894/96 was announced at 15,000 euros before closing for a respectable 21,250 euros.
Moreover, lot number 2762, another absolutely rare semi-auto pistol, the test weapon developed by Swiss master gunsmith Müller of Winterthur, had a limit of 12,000 euros. One collector's dream promptly came true for 27,500 euros.