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July 18, 2021 - 7:48 am
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That definitely isn’t the one he’s pictured with, he had several Winchesters and Colts.  He had his original stolen from him by Sheriff Brady and almost got it back after he killed him in Lincoln.  Also when he made his escape from Lincoln before his hanging, he shot Bob Olinger with a 10 gauge.  The story of Billy from childhood to death is pretty interesting, he is even connected to The Cowboys from the Tombstone area.

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So, is the “story” and documentation on this gun to be trusted??? 

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You have to wonder how this auction house got SO many examples of guns “belonging” to old west characters.

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foxfire said
So, is the “story” and documentation on this gun to be trusted???   

Anyone who can afford to buy it can afford to hire private researchers to answer that question. 

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You have to wonder how this auction house got SO many examples of guns “belonging” to old west characters.  

 I wonder how they can find bidders willing to pay their outrageous commissions; but I guess that shows what I know about the Plutocracy.

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Personally I find the provenance easier to believe than the price. 

 

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 What did a photograph of Billy sell for ? T/R

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In this case you Are buying the story!

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I find that provenance more creditable than all the others I’ve seen, and you have an actual 1st Model SRC as well. A lot better than then last one I saw being hawked that was a 3rd Model. 

For that price though, you’d think they would have more provenance as to who wrote / signed the letter. Who is Capt. J.C. Lea? A history of how it went form Pat Garrett to this person and from that person to the present day owner would go a long ways. Might would go as far as $250,000.00 if you had all that information.

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P.S. I guess somebody aught to tell the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner, New Mexico they got a fake rifle!

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I’m guessing also the Lincoln Courthouse Museum also decided to get rid of their Billy the Kid 73 SRC & 10 Gauage shotgun used to kill Bob Olinger by Billy the Kid.

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$375,000 (with buyer’s premium)

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the revolver that pat garret used to kill billy just sold for i think 5 millon.

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