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John Wesley Hardinís DA Frontier revolver sells for $625,312!

Whatís the most expensive known price paid for a Hand Ejector, 1896 to 1961, and was it greater than, or less than, $625,312 and by how much?
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I don't think any would beat that price.
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I don't think any would beat that price.
Thatís my guess, but I donít know, for sure.

The question is whatís the highest price ever paid for a Smith & Wesson? If this is it, any ďrunnerís upĒ come to mind?
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A certain .357 Magnum comes to mind, but I don't even know who has it, much less what he paid for it.
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There have been some several HE's sold in the $50K-$85K range the last 30+ years. Only 2 or 3 have exceeded $100k, i.e. Elvis Presley's 2-1/2" Model 19-2, which sold at Rock Island Auction a couple years ago for $192,500. A Kornbrath signed and gold-inlaid K22 Outdoorsman sold for $150,000 quite a while back, I don't remember for certain if that sale was pre- or post- year 2000.

Out of respect for the owners' privacy, the specific gun's details must remain confidential, so please don't ask. In addition to the .44 DA cited in this thread, I am personally familiar with 4 S&W's which have sold at various amounts between $500K and $2 million in the last decade or so. All are pre-1899 antique models.

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In addition to the .44 DA cited in this thread, I am personally familiar with 4 S&W's which have sold at various amounts between $500K and $2 million in the last decade or so. All are pre-1899 antique models.
Thank you, David.

Well, that answers the question. $625,312 isnít even close to the greatest figure paid for a Smith & Wesson. And I was convinced it exceeded the record by a fair amount. I had maybe $500k in mind prior to last weekís sale. Not even closeÖ
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John Wesley Hardinís DA Frontier revolver sells for $625,312!

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What that the one he used to shoot a man just for snoring?
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Maybe, but he could have bought 2 or 3 more after that, and still had a few bucks left over.
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Were these high dollar values due to the provenance of the guns, or something about the guns themselves?

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I believe this Gustave Young engraved New Model #3 is the S&W revolver that sold for the highest price recorded. The photo was reproduced from the S&WCA Journal, volumes 25-26, 1991 and 1992, page 79. This information is second or third hand at best, but S&W was reported to have sold this revolver for $600,000; with subsequent sales as high as $2,000,000. This revolver and many other high quality S&W firearms were part of the "Artistry In Arms" exhibit that toured the United States in the early 1990s. Click on the photo for a better look.

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WOW! You would have to wear sunglasses looking at that #3. 😎
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I know the Smith & Wesson employee that hand carried that revolver to it's new owner. He carried it on a plane!
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I've heard that story, and when I saw it in the Artistry In Arms display in 1992, I was awestruck.
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Now 'if' she was just a 'workin gun' with a bit of honest wear... I can appreciate such a gun 'from afar'. Make that 'way afar'! But honestly, big bucks aside, I just prefer some of my really nice condition, otherwise ordinary, Smiths.
From above comments, realizing just how far I'm 'out of step'. But... Happily so!

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Umm, I thought this was going to be a thread about hand ejectors…
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Thank you, Doc44, for that most excellent side trip to the New Model #3.

It calls to mind the long era before the HE in which S&W shone in ingenuity, utility and, here, in that mountain top example of transformative refinement.
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clang444 has a point. The thread seems to have devolved to most expensive S&W rather than most expensive HE 1896-1961. The guns listed as more expensive seem to be earlier guns.
So John Wesley Hardin's gun might still be king.
I like John Wesley Hardin.
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If you read post no. 1, it asks what is the most a Smith & Wesson has revolver sold for. Also, John Wesley Hardin's S&W predates 1896.

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If you read post no. 1, it asks what is the most a Smith & Wesson has revolver sold for. Also, John Wesley Hardin's S&W predates 1896.

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Actually, it was Post #3 here, and #1 in the original/other thread; but who's counting?

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I wonder if my bank would grant me a loan for something like that? Oh well.
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Ah, a trick question. Not an expert so did not know the gun in question was not a HE 1896-1961.
Looking at Roy Jinks excellent book, "History of Smith & Wesson" I see a new model No. 3 Frontier. Is that the John Wesley Hardin gun?
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David...Yes, Hardin was carrying a S&W Double Action Frontier revolver chambered in .44-40 caliber when he was killed by John Selman. It was introduced in 1886.

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As I posted above several days ago, here's what we know at this point:

There have been some several HE's sold in the $50K-$85K range the last 30+ years. Only 2 or maybe 3 have exceeded $100k, i.e. Elvis Presley's 2-1/2" Model 19-2, which sold at Rock Island Auction a couple years ago for $192,500. A Kornbrath signed and gold-inlaid K22 Outdoorsman sold for $150,000 quite a while back, I don't remember for certain if that sale was pre- or post- year 2000. In the back of my head is a vague memory of another $100K-plus gun, but the details regarding that are floating in the mists of too many guns gone by. As far as most S&W collectors that I am familiar with are aware of, Elvis' 19-2 is the highest price HE sold to date.

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