I recently inspected several pistols sold at the recent RIA auction, and then followed the sales results for the (53) lots I inspected. There are always a few items that sell at prices much higher and lower than expected. That may be because I personally inspect items, rather just relying on the descriptions provided, so it's only natural my opinions of value may differ from those who have not inspected the items.
Anyway, a couple items that really seemed to have a lot of bidder interest were the trials pistols. Both the Colt and the Savage sold for higher prices than I expected. The Colt M1907 sales price even surpassed the Singers in this sale. The Singers may have had reserves that were not met, and bidding died out early on a couple. The one Singer (employee presentation) brought $70K plus the 15% buyer premium.
The Colt M1907 in the sale sold for $90K plus the 15% ($103.5K!). This is not the pistol offered in the sale, but is an all original example with some good provenance...direct hits in the SRS database and National Archives. It was issued to "buffalo soldiers" serving in the Philippines. This pistol was then returned to Colt (with the others) for modifications/upgrades and re-issued to the same Cavalry unit here in the U.S.
The Savage M1907 in the sale sold for $37.5K plus 15% premium ($43,125). The pistol I show here has the original finish applied to pistols used in the trials when they were reconditioned and prepared to be sold. It was issued to troops at Ft. Wingate for field use in the pistol trials. The pistol in the RIA sale had a different blue finish.
Another pistol that did well at the sale was a NAA in relatively rough condition. It sold for $40K plus 15% premium ($46K). One of the biggest surprises to me was a Party Leader Walther PPK rig that sold for $55K plus 15% premium ($63,250.) Wow! Who's have ever thought....