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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: The Wild West Reply with quote


Billy the Kid photograph sells for 1.4 million
The only known photograph of Wild West gunslinger Billy the Kid has fetched 1.4 million at auction.
26 Jun 2011
telegraph.co.uk

Florida billionaire William Koch, an energy company executive and well-known collector of art and American West artefacts, placed the winning bid in person at Brian Lebel's annual Old West Auction in Denver. Mr Lebel said at an auction preview that he expected the tintype image to sell for between $300,000 (188,000) and $400,000 (250,000). Mr Koch said after the auction that he plans to allow some small museums to display the piece, and after that he will "just enjoy" the iconic piece. "I love the old West," he said. "This is a part of American history."

The metallic photo, taken outside a Fort Sumner, New Mexico, saloon in late 1879 or early 1880, depicts the outlaw gripping the upright barrel of a Winchester carbine, with a Colt 45 pistol strapped to his hip. The photograph was owned by the descendants of Dan Dedrick, who was given the photo by his cattle rustling partner, Billy the Kid himself.

Born Henry McCarty, but known in New Mexico as William Bonney, the Kid was shot dead at age 22 by lawman Pat Garrett in 1881, months after a jailbreak in which Bonney reportedly killed two deputies. In the 130 years since his death, Billy the Kid has been depicted, with varying degrees of accuracy, in scores of popular culture movies and books.

Brian Lebel said he was pleased that the photo was not sold to an overseas buyer. "I'm happy that it will stay in this country and will be shared with the public," he said.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So weird for me to think this sold. I'm a big Billy the Kid fan and I find it a shame that Mr. Koch got it but I guess outlaws stick together!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha, good one
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was my understanding that there was some question as to whether or not this was actually Billy the Kid, but I guess not.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful landscapes, but everyone looked like a dog's dinner compared to how sexy we all look now :p
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