Hemingway’s Double Rifle brings $295,000+…

James Julia auctioned this piece of firearm/literary/American history today: this Westley Richards droplock double rifle in .577 Nitro Express that was once owned by Ernest Hemingway. The gun hammered down for $295,000. That’s without the buyer’s a premium of 15%. So whoever bought Papa’s mammoth double dropped  around $340,000 to get it. Those are some deep pockets.

Hemingway's .577 Nitro Express Westley Richards Double Rifle
Hemingway's .577 Nitro Express Westley Richards Double Rifle

The gun would probably be worth $70,000 – $80,000 without the provenance. And who would ever want at .577 NE double rifle with a single trigger? Facing down a charging elephant is no time to run a quality check on something like that.

You can read more about Hemignway’s monster double in this article from Garden & Gun magazine.

If you really want a .577 and you missed out on Hemingway’s gun, go to Schwandt Classic Arms and take a look under double rifles. There you’ll see a better rifle for about half the money. It’s a Holland & Hollandy Royal in .577NE. It’s a sidelock (droplocks are over rated) AND it has double triggers. I’ve seen this gun in person and it’s awesome.

I don’t know if I would want to shoot a .577 NE , though. I’ve fired a .470 NE double rifle and that gun bounced my brain around pretty well. Anything more than that is too much for me.

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3 thoughts on “Hemingway’s Double Rifle brings $295,000+…

  1. If I had this kind of money… no, I wouldn’t anyway. Not this one. It doesn’t have the right kind of prvenance, really. The lines from “Green Fields of Africa”, the part where he writes about gut-shooting a buff due to the gun’s awful trigger, would justify the premium for me. But that was with a different double rifle, wasn’t it?

    Anyway, the grapes are too green yet 😉

  2. The gun eventually found its way into the pages of Guns & Ammo magazine. One of the best gun writers, and African hunters, of this century, Craig Boddington, describes how his friend purchased several historical weapons and used them on an African safari. Craig Boddington described himself as being thrilled to be able to shoot Hemingway’s legendary .577.

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