Our History

Greg Martin & Associates

The impact and reputation Martin & Associates has established within the arms, armor and related collectibles industry is easily documented by reviewing their achievements.

Auction Industry:

Martin & Associates founded the Arms, Armor and Western Memorabilia department of Butterfield and Butterfield in 1986. Under Mr. Martin’s direction and leveraging the reputation he had established with collectors and dealers in this specific industry, Martin & Associates were able to develop that department to become the largest in the world with sales totaling over $200,000,000 in antique arms, armor, militaria and western historical memorabilia. It’s no surprise that in 2002 they were able to successfully launch their new auction firm the following year with an initial auction totaling over $4,500,000. The new Greg Martin Auction firm grew in sales rapidly under their continued direction, reaching over $16,000,000 in sales in 2006 when the firm was sold to Spectrum International. Under his consultancy direction GMA/Spectrum sales continued to impress the industry with sales in 2010 totaling $14,000,000.

Martin & Associates built their reputation by building the most impressive client base in the industry. There is not a significant collector or dealer that Martin & Associates have not either sold to, bought from or consulted. Forty years of marketing on the inside cover of Man at Arms Magazine document the most important arms, armor and related collectables ever offered for sale.


Martin & Associates have assisted their clients in assembling property recognized today as the premier collections known. They include:
Robert Howard Collection...$25,000,000
Warren Anderson Collection...$10,000,000
George Gamble Collection...$20,000,000
Buich Collection...$3,000,000

Under the management of Martin & Associates many world record prices were established. They include:
Highest price for an arms lot... Press Colt Board; $1,050,000
Highest prices at auction for a sporting gun-Holland and Holland; $510,000 and $480,000
Teddy Roosevelt Sporting Gun: $500,000
Winchester Rifle, One of One Thousand; $680,000
Colt serial number 1; $970,000
The Cali Paterson; $977,000
Colt Paterson with a 12” barrel; $840,000
Luger 45 Caliber; $500,000

Non-firearm related material

Martin & Associates reputation spans a wide range of non-firearm related material. Under their direction the following is a listing of some of the additional world records he was able to achieve:
Highest price for a Bowie Knife; $125,000
Buffalo Bill’s buffalo skin coat; $45,000
Overland Stage Coach; $550,000
Pat Garretts badge; $150,000
Custer’s Flag; $175,000
Bonnie and Clyde’s memorabilia...Clyde’s shirt; $100,000
Civil War Sword...Geo. Thomas “ The Rock of Chickamauga”; $240,000
John W. Hardin Colt Lightning; $140,000
Bullet that killed John Wesley Hardin; $40,000
Bullet Card of Hardin; $5,000

Collections sold under the Martin & Associates direction include:
Buich Collection; $3,000,000
Koken Collection of Saddles, Bits and Spurs; $3,000,000
Scheiner/Berryman Collection of Bowie Knives; $3,000,000
Bill Williamson Collection of Knives; $1,000,000
Littman Collection of Knives; $1,000,000 (which established the highest price for a San Francisco knife ($140,000)... and the largest collection of knives sold at auction.
The Don Tharp Collection of Swords...the largest collection of swords ever sold at auction.