Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The estate sale of the late Rodney “Pete” Bell draws hundreds of participants to an auction held Saturday and Sunday a the Legion hall in Arcadia. Jon Schaben acknowledges a bidder during Saturday’s sale. Daily Times Herald photos by Jeff Storjohann
The Saturday auction in Arcadia of Rodney “Pete” Bell’s collection of 510 firearms from his Vail gun shop netted a total of more than $293,000, a Daily Times Herald analysis of the winning bids shows.
Bell, 62, died of a heart attack in June. He had operated Pete’s Gun Shop for about 10 years.
Winning bids on the weapons that day ranged from $70 to $3,500.
The full list of the weapons and their bids is available online at www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp?aid=44947.
Nearly 700 people attended the Saturday sale, which was put on by Schaben Auction Service.
Some of the bidders flew from other states to buy rare collectors’ weapons.
On Sunday, Schaben auctioned the gun safes, ammunition, reloading materials and other items from the shop.
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