On Wednesday, 22 June, almost 900 objects kept online bidders glued to their screens. Scores of weapon collectors battled it out in some nail-biting bidding wars. Among the civil firearms, lot 9121 was very much in favour. The pair of British flintlock pistols circa 1810 was offered for sale from 600 euros. Together with a wooden case of later date and a powder flask, the pistols closed at 1,500 euros.
Meanwhile, there was lively interest in not one but two modern firearms produced by Simson of Suhl. Lot 9369, a Makarov PM9 in near mint condition from the pre-production series, was announced for 350 euros. The audience paid homage to this desirable model with 2,125 euros. Despite opening at 700 euros, the model NP 20 by Simson eventually commanded the handsome sum of 1,750 euros (lot number 9760).
One weapons enthusiast was determined to acquire the 1885 British Webley Pryse no. 4 revolver (lot number 9613) by bidding ten times its reserve of 150 euros. After a short, yet intensive round of bidding, he was finally able to claim his rare prize for 1,500 euros.
The battle for a decorative firearm in the service weapons section was equally fierce. Bids from 4,800 euros were welcome for an antitank grenade rifle 39 (lot number 9760). Nonetheless, it now takes pride of place in a new collection for almost twice that sum, namely 9,250 euros.
Lot 9813 was a remarkably rare discovery. The Spreewerk P 38, code "cvq" of the S series, was listed at 2,400 euros. Together with the matching muffler, the sale was only completed at 5,000 euros.