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Butch Cassidy gun fetches £108,000

A .45-calibre gun once owned by outlaw Butch Cassidy has been sold at auction in Southern California for 175,000 dollars (£108,000).

A spokesman for the private seller said that the Colt Single Action Army revolver went to an anonymous online bidder.

The gun is accompanied by a black leather shoulder holster and two binders filled with documentation verifying the revolver's authenticity.

Cassidy, the infamous Old West robber, bought the revolver in a hardware store in Vernal, Utah, in 1896 and turned it over to state authorities in early 1900 in an unsuccessful attempt to gain amnesty. Known as the "Amnesty Colt", it is the most documented of Cassidy's guns.

The outlaw was immortalised in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and played by Paul Newman.

The sale was held by California Auctioneers of Ventura.

Meanwhile, two guns used by gangsters Bonnie and Clyde when they were killed in a hail of gunfire sold at a New Hampshire auction for 504,000 dollars (£311,580).

The guns were two of 134 artefacts that sold for a total of 1.1 million dollars at the auction in Nashua. About two-thirds of the auctioned items were from Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, but some also came from other notorious criminals, including Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger.

Parker's .38-calibre Detective Special that she had taped to her thigh when she was killed in 1934 drew the highest bid and sold for 264,000 dollars (£163,000), said Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire. Barrow's 1911 Colt .45-calibre automatic sold for 240,000 dollars (£148,000) to the same bidder, who did not want to be named, Mr Livingston said.

Many of the auction items came from the estate of the late collector Robert Davis of Waco, Texas, with the remainder coming from various other collections.


From Belfast Telegraph