It is a mythical weapon in American history. The revolver from which the fatal bullet to Billy the Kid fired in the Old West era sold at auction for $ 6.03 million in Los Angeles, a record amount for a gun. The object is still in “very good” condition according to the Bonhams auction house.
Originally estimated at $ 2 million to $ 3 million, this Colt caliber 44 barrel was that of the famous sheriff Pat Garrett, who tracked down the notorious outlaw and shot him down on July 14, 1881, in New Mexico, a the Bonhams house clarified. The “Kid” died of a bullet to the chest at the age of 21.
Born Henry McCarty, but also known as William Bonney, Billy the Kid was a legendary bandit whose life as a fugitive inspired Hollywood. Another great figure of the American West, Pat Garrett has been brought to the screen many times in both cinema and television.
Prior to Friday’s sale, the record selling price for a firearm was $ 1.98 million for a pair of 18th-century pistols donated by the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington during the American Revolution.