Iconic gun that killed Billy the Kid goes on auction


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One of the most iconic weapons of the American Wild West is expected to fetch up to $3 million at an auction next month.

The Colt single action revolver used by Sheriff Pat Garrett to kill US outlaw Billy the Kid in July 1881 is seen in an undated photo before an auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles.
The Colt single action revolver used by Sheriff Pat Garrett to kill US outlaw Billy the Kid in July 1881 is seen in an undated photo before an auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles.
(Earle Collection and Bonhams / Reuters)

One of the most iconic
weapons of the American Wild West goes up for auction next month
with the sale of the gun that killed 19th century outlaw Billy
the Kid.

Sheriff Pat Garrett’s Colt single action revolver is
expected to fetch between $2 million and $3 million at auction,
Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday. 

He used the firearm to
take down gunfighter Billy the Kid in 1881 after a months-long
pursuit,

Bonhams described the gun as “the most iconic treasure of
early Western history” in the United States.

The gun comes from the collection of Texas couple Jim and
Theresa Earle who amassed Western firearms and other artifacts
for some 50 years. Jim Earle died in 2019, and his family is now
selling the collection.

An undated photograph of Henry McCarty, aka Billy the Kid, obtained by Reuters in 2010.
An undated photograph of Henry McCarty, aka Billy the Kid, obtained by Reuters in 2010.
(Reuters)

A pop culture icon

Billy the Kid was a wanted man in Arizona and New Mexico, having killed eight men. Garrett tracked him down to a ranch in Fort
Sumner, New Mexico and shot and killed him on July 14, 1881.

Their story has been chronicled in pop culture for almost
100 years, including in movies such as “Pat Garrett and Billy
the Kid” and “Young Guns.”

Other highlights of the auction on August 27 in Los Angeles
include the double-barrel shotgun that Billy the Kid used in his
April 1881 escape from a New Mexico courthouse. It carries a
pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.

Garrett’s contract for the 1881 book he wrote about Billy
the Kid is expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000. The
modified Springfield rifle that was buried alongside lawman and
gunfighter Wild Bill Hickock in South Dakota in August 1876 is
expected to fetch up to $200,000.

Source: Reuters