Even if Ernest Hemingway hadn’t owned this Westly Richards double .577 nitro caliber rifle, it would be exceptionally rare. Hemingway’s pal and noted sportsman Winston Guest used it for hunting with Bror Blixen (of “Out of Africa” fame) in Africa. Then later in Cuba, after it came into Hemingway’s possession, the Noble Laureate carried it while hunting Nazi subs in the Caribbean. “One of the most desirable rifles in the world,” it carries a pre-sale estimate of $150,00-$200,000 at Maine’s James D. Julia’s firearms auction on March 14-15.
Still more valuable is a very early and “unique” Colt .45 Pinch Frame Single Action Army Revolver with original skeleton shoulder stock, estimated at $350,000-$450,000. It would be hard, however,Â to match the colorful provenance of the Spencer Carbine on offer. Forensically proven to have been Indian used in the Battle of Little Big Horn against Custer’s troops, it carries an estimate of $85,00-$125,000.
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