Billy The Kid Photo

June 27, 2011 by Post Team 

Billy The Kid PhotoBilly The Kid Photo, The only surviving authentic portrait of Billy the Kid has sold 1.5 million pounds. A private collector bought the painting, which shows the outlaw in a crumpled hat, standing with one hand on a Winchester rifle in his right side and a Colt revolver holstered on his left.

Is believed to have been taken in 1879 or 1880 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and sold at auction in Denver. The vaccine is a tintype photo early – made with metal plates. Tintype is a mirror image and the shooting led to the mistaken belief that the shooter was left-handed.
The last known picture of Billy the Kid sold at auction in Denver on Sunday (June 26) and $ 2.3 million. (For anyone keeping count, that is exactly half the number of famous Marilyn Monroe “dress Underground” sold for earlier this month.)

An infamous Old West outlaw, Billy the Kid – aka William Henry McCarty – is believed to have killed between eight and 22 people during his career of crime. He was relatively unknown during his lifetime until the governor of New Mexico put a price on his head. But, like many figures of the Old West, many of the exploits of the children were exaggerated.

Billy the Kid had died in 1881 at the hands of Sheriff Pat Garrett.

In 2010, the New Mexico governor, Bill Richardson, considered a posthumous pardon for McCarty, but decided against it due to “historical ambiguity.”

Auction estimates that the image would bring in about 400,000 and, according to ABC News. However, the buyer – private collector William Koch – was willing to pay more than 2 million and for the image.

“I love the Old West,” Koch says the Denver Post. “My plan is to enjoy it and discreet to share. I think I’ll display it in a small museum.”

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