the gun that killed Billy the kid sold for $ 6 million

The Colt .44 caliber barrel that shot down the notorious outlaw on July 14, 1881 in New Mexico was originally esteemed between $ 2 and $ 3 million.

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This is a record amount for a gun. The revolver from which the bullet fatal to Billy the Kid fired during the American Old West has sold at auction for $ 6.03 million in Los Angeles. It was initially estimated at between 2 and 3 million dollars.

The .44-caliber Colt barrel belonged to notorious Sheriff Pat Garrett, who tracked down the notorious 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. 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.

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