Greg Martin Auctions (Firearms and Militaria)


2015-06-26 11:01:14


Greg Martin Auctions is a San Francisco auction house specializing in fine antique firearms, edged weapons, armour, militaria, American Indian Art and associated historical memorabilia.

The company has a gallery in New York, along with offices in England and Belgium.


Launched in January 2002, Greg Martin Auctions was founded by three veterans of Butterfields Auctioneers, the San Francisco-based auction house established in 1865 – Greg Martin, a long-time director and consultant; Bernard Osher, the firm's former owner; and John Gallo, its one-time President.

Together in 1986, these three started the arms department at Butterfields and built it into the world's largest – achieving record prices and total sales of over $200 million in antique arms, armour, militaria and historical memorabilia.

After Butterfield's was acquired by eBay in 1999, Osher and Gallo left the company to pursue their own projects, and after meeting with notable private dealer Martin they founded Greg Martin Auctions.

The company became part of the publicly traded firm now known as Spectrum Group International in 2006, but in January 2011 it was bought back by its original owners.

The company has become one of the world’s most regarded and successful auction house dealing with rare firearms, with a number of record-breaking sales.

In 2011the company was acquired by Heritage Auctions, the world's third-largest auction house. It continues to operate from it's headquarters in San Francisco, with all auctions now held at the various Heritage offices in Dallas, New York and Beverly Hills.

Notable sales

  • The iconic serial number #1 Colt Single Action Army Revolver, sold for $862,500
  • A rare cased Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver, with engraving and gold inlay by Gustave Young, used by Colonel Colt as a sample of the artistry and quality of Colt firearms, sold for $828,800
  • A historic Smith & Wesson model 1 ½ New Issue Revolver with engraving and carved pearl grips by Gustave Young, presented by the factory to President Ulysses S. Grant, sold for $548,800
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