Bonnie And Clyde Guns
January 24, 2012 by staff
Bonnie And Clyde Guns, Bonnie and Clyde in an undated photo. The picture was taken from a roll of film also found at the Joplin hideout. A mysterious East Coast bidder plunked down $210,000 for a submachine gun and a shotgun thought to have once belonged to Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
The online bidder forked over $130,000 for a .45-caliber Tommy gun and $80,000 for an 1897 12-gauge shotgun history buffs say were seized from one of the duo’s hideouts in Missouri in 1933.
Auctioneers at the Mayo Auction house in Kansas City said pre-bids for the iconic looking Tommy gun, the event’s star attraction, had reached $35,000 before Saturday’s sale.
“This was by far the most exciting auction we have ever conducted,” auction house owner Robert Mayo told the Joplin Globe. “To see something with this kind of history. There was so much excitement.”
Lawmen seized the weapons on April 13, 1933 after a bloody raid on an apartment in Joplin where the Barrow Gang – Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Clyde’s brother Buck Barrow and W.D. Jones – were holed up.
Two cops were killed in the gunfight, but the infamous gang escaped.
It wasn’t until May 23, 1934 that the pair would be famously ambushed and killed by a posse of lawmen on a rural Louisana road.
Playful snapshots taken from a camera found at the Joplin hideout – including one of Parker clutching a pistol and chewing on a cigar – were among the first published in newspapers across the country, introducing Americans to the handsome Barrow and his “cigar smoking gun moll.”
Before the auction, the guns were owned by the Lairmore family, the descendants of an Oklahoma detective, according to the Globe.
Barrow Gang buff Michael Brown told Reuters he wasn’t surprised the Tommy gun commanded such serious cash.
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