The revolver from which the bullet fatal to Billy the Kid fired in the American Old West era sold at auction for $ 6.03 million in Los Angeles, a record amount for a gun.
Originally estimated at 2 to 3 million dollars, this Colt caliber. 44 barrel was that of the famous sheriff Pat Garrett, who tracked down the famous outlaw and shot him down on July 14, 1881, in New Mexico, Bonhams auction house said. The “Kid“died of a bullet to the chest at the age of 21.
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This object “is a remnant of one of the most mythical stories of the Old West“, assured the auction company, according to which the revolver is still in”very good” state.
Born Henry McCarty, but also known as William Bonney, Billy the Kid was a legendary bandit whose life as a fugitive inspired Hollywood. Another great figure of the American West, Pat Garrett has been brought to the screen many times in both cinema and television.
Prior to Friday’s sale, the record selling price for a firearm was $ 1.98 million for a pair of 18th-century pistols donated by the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington during the American Revolution.