Colt revolver that killed Billy the Kid sells for more than €5 million

Colt revolver that killed Billy the Kid sells for more than €5 million. image: bonhams

The Colt revolver that Sheriff Pat Garrett shot and killed the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid with has sold at auction for more than €5 million (£4.35m)

Billy the Kid was one of the most notorious outlaws in the days of the old Wild West, who was finally hunted and gunned down by the hand of Sheriff Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881, aged just 21, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, shooting him with his weapon which was a Colt revolver.

That very same Colt revolver was sold by the auction house, Bonhams, at an auction in Los Angeles last Friday, August 27, for an incredible sum of more than €5 million (£4.35m), which is more than double the expected price, and is a new record amount paid for any firearm in an auction.

According to Reuters, the buyer wished to remain anonymous, but had a keen interest in buying the 19th century Colt revolver, a firearm that a Bonham’s spokesperson descrbed as “the most iconic treasure in recent Western history”.

The legend of Billy the Kid aka William H. Bonney, but born Henry McCarty, has given rise to numerous Western films and books, telling the story of a young man who rose to great notoriety in his day, through murdering quite a lot of people, if the stories about him are all true, as reported by


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