I was approached by an acquaintance, not a friend but someone I do run into on a weekly basis. He knows I have an interest in firearms. He said that his family by way of a death was left a gun collection. The guns mean nothing to the family sentimental wise and they want to sell the guns and divide the money. My acquaintance has been put in charge of this task. I do not know how long they have had the guns but they are currently stored at a family members house. He said there are approximately 25 guns and gave a brief run down from memory. 4 1911s some trimmed in gold and some autographed???, 4 lever action rifles, something called an Autoloader shotgun that is supposed to be very valuable, various shotguns, a couple German Lugers, CZ pistols, AK47s, a 308 rifle and various other rifles, Glock pistols and so on. He is not a gun guy and was just going from memory of what he thought was in the collection. Here is the problem that he is running into. They want to sell the guns at real value and get the most money for the family. They have contacted a few appraisers, gun brokers etc... All of the people contacted are willing to handle the sale but at a huge percentage cut for themselves. My acquaintance family does not need the money and they are not willing to let the guns go at a huge loss but they don't know how to proceed. They have been given an unofficial eyeball estimate for the collection at $30,000.00. My acquaintance asked me what I thought his options are in selling the guns. I told him I didn't think he had any options and the family is going to have to eat the cost of having the sale handled by an expert including appraisal, sale etc.. This would of course include the appraisal, marketing, sale, legal transfer, shipping etc etc.. I understand why these sales persons would ask for a large percentage as the workload involved would be tremendous. The only thing I could come up with for them to get the most money for the guns would be to market the entire collection to one individual. They would still probably have to sell at a loss but it would be less of a loss than letting a dealer handle it for a percentage. Any thoughts on this? By the way he also told me the family is in the same situation with a gold coin collection left to them from the same death. Keep in mind this whole thing could be totally bullcrappy but this person has no reason to lie to me or impress me with some wild story. If anyone knows someone that might handle a sale like this the guns are located in the Port St. Lucie area of Florida.