The finish is blue, the trigger and slide safety appear a bit lighter of a blue as most guns made then do. I've never sold a gun on an auction side and have no experience shipping a fire arm through a FFL, I was just thinking about selling it at a gun show perhaps. Maybe I should look into an auction site. But the reason I am selling is that at the moment I'm not a fan of older guns, and I don't have half of my dream list of guns, so I don't have room for the red headed stepchild at the moment Thanks for your advice though, much appreciated. How much should I ask at a gun show?