In Denver, a tintype of Billy the Kid went on the auction block at Brian Lebel’s 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction. This tintype thought to be the only one left that has been authenticated. The organizers of the auction thought that the portrait would bring between three hundred thousand and four hundred thousand but to their surprise it was bought by William Koch, a private collector, for two point three million dollars. When the fifteen percent fee was added, the final price was two point six million dollars.
Although they are not exactly sure of the date this tintype was taken but they think it was taken between 1879 and 1880. Billy the Kid was standing with a Colt revolver holstered on his left side and on his right side was a Winchester carbine where he had his resting on the end. The place was Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
Tintypes were a type of photography used in those earlier years in which photos were taken on metal plates. When these tintype photos were made, they were reverse images. When people saw this tintype of Billy the Kid, they thought that he was left handed but in reality he was right handed. A movie called The Left Hand Gun was made in 1958 about Billy the Kid because of this myth or mistake.
Bill the Kid was shot dead by Pat Garrett in 1881, and of course I’m sure the Pat Garrett gun that was used to kill him would be worth way more than this Billy the Kid Tintype!
Billy the Kid
Only Known Photo of Billy the Kid Sells for $2.3M
NBC Washington, on Mon, 27 Jun 2011 05:21:22 -0700
By Greg Wilson AP The only known photo of legendary gunfighter Billy the Kid sold for $2.3 million to a billionaire collector. The tintype image of the gunslinger, who died at age 22, was expected to sell for just $400000. …