The pistol used to kill the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid within the days of the American Wild West has been auctioned for $6.03 million, a world file for a firearm.
The Colt single-action revolver owned by sheriff Pat Garrett had been estimated at $2-3 million and noticed “full of life bidding” on the phone, online and in the room in Friday’s sale, the auction house Bonhams said.
“It stands as a relic of one of the most important and well-known stories of the Wild West,” Bonhams stated.
It stated the gun was in “superb” condition with “well worn grips.”
Garrett used the .44-caliber gun to shoot Billy the Kid — who was born Henry McCarty but in addition glided by William Bonney — within the chest on July 14, 1881 in New Mexico. The gunfighter died on the age of 21.
The earlier file for a firearm was $1.98 million, set by Christie’s in 2002 for a pair of flintlock saddle pistols carried by George Washington through the Revolutionary War, Bonhams stated. They had been items from his good friend and ally the Marquis de Lafayette.
The sale Friday was the spotlight of an public sale of Old West firearms, manuscripts, images and different memorabilia amassed by Texas-based collectors and school professors Jim and Theresa Earle.
Also offered was a Whitney double-barrel hammer shotgun that Billy the Kid took from a sheriff’s deputy and used to kill him as he escaped from jail in April 1881.
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