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The gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid just sold. The price is staggering!

This would be a very interesting coffee table piece. :D

 

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The gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid just sold. The price is staggering!

This would be a very interesting coffee table piece. :D

You have to wonder about the authenticity of those old west guns.
Zerealda Samuel, Jesse James‘ mom, was known to sell lots of guns to tourists who came to visit Jesse’s grave on the family farm. She would charge them admission, then just happen to mention she had his guns for sale. 😂😂 It paid the bills. 😉
 

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You have to wonder about the authenticity of those old west guns.
Zerealda Samuel, Jesse James‘ mom, was known to sell lots of guns to tourists who came to visit Jesse’s grave on the family farm. She would charge them admission, then just happen to mention she had his guns for sale. 😂😂 It paid the bills. 😉
Pretty much no way to know for sure I suppose. This gun has become the "one" that is at least acknowledged as the real deal, and I guess perception has become reality judging by the 6 mil price. It seems to have strong provenance at all ownership handoff points over the last 140 years.
 

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Provenance traced back to a family member seems to be a huge factor but like the Widow Samuel, some make a fortune selling gun after gun.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think it isn’t super interesting and cool!
if you look at the number of counterfeit guns, swords, and even minted coins, you have to be suspicious.
 

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If someone paid $6M without rock solid provenance, they should be a poster child for "A Fool and his money are soon parted".
 

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If someone paid $6M without rock solid provenance, they should be a poster child for "A Fool and his money are soon parted".
The provenance is as rock-solid as it gets for a 140 year old gun. Heck, many people still think Billy the Kid lived until 1953. Many still think Elvis is alive. There will never be 100% provenance for anything that old or controversial.
 

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Did they use something like serial numbers in the old days (1850's), so they could identify who owned it. I imagine it was an old Colt, that might have been rare, in those days. Anyway........it's pretty hard to prove it. Bob
 

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Here's an article from 1934 that documents the return of this firearm to the Garrett family. Supposedly Garrett himself in his book wrote that he lent the gun to one of his friends that owned a bar and it was displayed there for years as an attraction. When that person died, his family claimed the gun but the Garrett family won a court battle and got it back. Pat's son owned the gun until the 1970s when he personally sold it to the person who owned it before the most recent family.

Then in 1983 the family that just sold it acquired it and has held it since then.

 
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