Each year Convention exhibitors, donors and SCI corporate sponsors donate an incredible array of outstanding auction items. Whether you are a bidder or spectator, the live and silent auctions are entertaining, exciting and fun for everyone.
From practical to priceless, the auctioneer’s gavel will fall on hundreds of items – ranging from dream hunts to fine artwork and jewelry to clothing and gear – valued at nearly $8.5 million.
In the priceless category, the leading item is Rigby’s donation of an exact copy of The Queen’s Rifle. This unique rifle was ordered by King George VI for Princess Elizabeth in 1943, and was the only sporting rifle Rigby built that year as the company was helping manufacture machine gun clips for the war effort. The rifle matches the original in its iron-sight form, was built using a period action and magazine box and is fitted with the correct gold inlaid safety, silver oval and crest. Also, the rifle is chambered in .275 Rigby caliber and features a 23.5 in. barrel, 13.5 in. length of pull, one standing and two folding leaves along with an ivory bead front and recoil pad.
But, there are also great opportunities to bid on items such as taxidermy gift certificates, guns, ammunition, optics and clothing.
The best reason to participate in the auctions is that all proceeds provide a major source of funding to conserve wildlife resources and protect the freedom to hunt.