If you really want to spark a lot of debate among just about anybody, all you have to do is bring up the subject of guns. These days, people seem to fall on one side of the fence or the other and they don’t typically have a tendency to understand anyone who doesn’t share their same point of view. That being said, guns are often considered to be much more than mere weapons. As a matter of fact, many people actually consider them to be bonafide collectibles and for all intents and purposes, that’s exactly what some guns are.
If you’re wondering just how much of a collectible guns can become, it depends on a lot of variables. There’s no doubt that a gun, in and of itself, is usually worth some money. Just how much money a particular gun is worth often depends on how rare it is, who owned it before, and whether or not it’s tied to some significant event. If you find one that fits into all of these categories, you might be sitting on a gold mine without even knowing it. Below is a list of five of the most expensive shotguns that have ever been sold at auction, with the most expe
5. Bo Whoop, a Super Fox that belonged to Nash Buckingham – $201,000
Granted, this shotgun didn’t sell for anything close to the selling price for Teddy Roosevelt’s gun, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at. The gun was manufactured in 1927 and belonged to a man who routinely wrote for Field & Stream. During the 1940s, he and a friend were hunting ducks and were part of a routine license check by the local Game Warden. Apparently, Buckingham placed the gun against an automobile and then forgot all about it. As the story goes, he eventually drove off and left it. The gun was then said to have vanished from sight until many years later, when it was eventually sold at auction.
4. The Winchester Model 21 owned by Ernest Hemingway -$249,500
Hemingway had two guns that he considered his go-to weapons. This was one of them. The other gun was a W&C Scott pigeon gun that he routinely used while hunting. Sadly, that’s also the gun that he fatally shot himself with. At some point, the decision was made by parties unknown to destroy that gun, but the Winchester still survives today.
3. The 8-Bore Colt owned by Grover Cleveland – $256,000
There are plenty of things that make this particular gun one of the most sought-after firearms in existence. Obviously, it was owned by Grover Cleveland, who was a United States president. His name is even engraved on the trigger guard, in gold. It’s also the only known surviving gun of its type. About a decade after Cleveland’s death, shotguns of this size were outlawed. As far as anyone knows, there is no other shotgun in the world of such a large calibre.
2. The Parker BHE owned by Annie Oakley – $287,000
Not only did this gun belong to someone who was quite famous, but the gun itself actually has images of her engraved on both sides. This make the gun a true symbol of days gone by and it drives up the value of the shotgun at auction considerably. As a matter of fact, this was the one and only shotgun that she ever owned, making the firearm even more valuable from the standpoint of the collector.
1. The shotgun that belonged to Teddy Roosevelt – $862,500
Teddy Roosevelt was well known for his love of hunting and he used this gone on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, this is the very firearm that he had with him when he embarked on a year-long safari in Africa immediately after he left the White House in 1909. Obviously, this is a shotgun that carries a great deal of history and a price tag to go with it. As you can see, this is a gun that turned out to be worth much more than any of the others, perhaps because of the notoriety of its previous owner. Nevertheless, any of these guns will set you back a few dollars, so you have to be a true collector in order to even think about making a purchase of this magnitude.