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Gun That Killed Notorious Wild West Outlaw Auctioned For $6 Million

The bargain abode Bonhams said, the gun was in "very good" action with "well beat grips."

The pistol acclimated to annihilate the belled outlaw Billy the Kid in the canicule of the American Wild West has been auctioned for $6.03 million, a apple almanac for a firearm.

The Colt single-action blaster endemic by sheriff Pat Garrett had been estimated at $2-3 actor and saw "lively bidding" on the phone, online and in the allowance in Friday's sale, the bargain abode Bonhams said.

"It stands as a antique of one of the best important and acclaimed belief of the Wild West," Bonhams said.

It said the gun was in "very good" action with "well beat grips."

Garrett acclimated the .44-caliber gun to shoot Billy the Kid -- who was built-in Henry McCarty but additionally went by William Bonney -- in the chest on July 14, 1881 in New Mexico. The gunfighter died at the age of 21.

The antecedent almanac for a firearm was $1.98 million, set by Christie's in 2002 for a brace of blaster saddle pistols agitated by George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Bonhams said. They were ability from his acquaintance and accessory the Marquis de Lafayette.

The bargain Friday was the highlight of an bargain of Old West firearms, manuscripts, photos and added memorabilia accumulated by Texas-based collectors and academy advisers Jim and Theresa Earle.

Also awash was a Whitney double-barrel bang shotgun that Billy the Kid took from a sheriff's agent and acclimated to annihilate him as he able from bastille in April 1881.

It fetched about $980,000 at Friday's auction, able-bodied aloft estimates of $200,000 to $300,000.

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