Tue, 28 Sep 2021

LOS ANGELES, California: The gun that killed outlaw Billy The Kid in 1881 is expected to be sold for $2 to $3 million at an auction to be held on August 27.

Sheriff Pat Garrett's Colt single action revolver will be auctioned at Bonhams auction house in Los Angeles.

Described by auction officials as "the most iconic treasure of early Western history" in the United States, Garrett used the firearm to kill gunfighter Billy the Kid in 1881 after a months-long pursuit.

The gun is from from the collection of Texas couple Jim and Theresa Earle, who purchased Western firearms and other artifacts for 50 years.

Billy the Kid, also known as William H. Bonney, was wanted in 1881 for killing eight men in Arizona and New Mexico. Garrett tracked him to a ranch in Fort Sumner, New Mexico where Billy the Kid was shot and killed on July 14, 1881.

The story has been chronicled in American pop culture for almost 100 years.

Also to be auctioned is 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, also to be actioned, for the 1881 book he wrote about Billy the Kid might bring in between $8,000 and $12,000, said officials.

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