Part of proceeds from sale of Gary Roberts' collection will go to charity


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INDIANAPOLIS — The gun collection of a slain Greenfield man drew hundreds to a public auction in Indianapolis Sunday morning, and a portion of the proceeds is expected to be donated to Hancock County charities.

Earl Cornwell Jr., president of Earl’s Auction Co., said the extensive collection of the late Gary Roberts brought buyers from across the country who paid tens of thousands of dollars for weapons from the man’s collection.

Roberts was shot and killed in September by his wife, Liz Roberts, who later committed suicide.

Cornwell said he had extra security on hand both inside and outside the auction house on the northwest side of Indianapolis because of the vast number of weapons and ammunition up for bid. Ads for the auction estimated there were between 300 and 400 guns available for sale, from rifles to fully automatic machine guns. About 1.5 million rounds of ammunition were also put up for bid.

A final total from the auction had not been released as of press time Monday. Eric Allen, attorney for Liz Roberts, said Monday that his client’s will provides that a portion of her estate is to be distributed to charity. Which charities will benefit has not yet been specified.

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