Billy the Kid Photo Worth $2.3 Million

The tintype photograph of outlaw and killer Billy the Kid sold for $2.3 million to a millionaire who plans to enjoy owning it and lending it to a few museums for display. The picture is the only one known to be an authentic photo of Billy the Kid. It was probably taken in New Mexico. Billy the Kid is said to have murdered at least 21 people and was sentenced to hang for the 1878 murder of a sheriff. He escaped and was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881. Tintypes made a mirror image, so the auctioned photo shows what seems to be a left-handed man (he wasn't). The picture was reportedly given to Dan Dedrick by Billy and has been in Dedrick's family ever since. The new owner, William Koch, is a member of a well-known family of billionaires who made money from oil and gas.

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Photo: Twenty-Second Annual Old West Show & Auction, denveroldwest.com

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#3 GayleJ 2011-07-05 02:15
It's hard to believe that such a price would be paid for this photo of a person who killed 21 people. Personally I wouldn't want it if it were free! A tiny black and white photo of my grandfather working in his garden: priceless!
#2 JE4115 2011-06-29 23:21
I BELIEVE THAT THE OPERATIVE WORD HERE IS "AUTHENTIC" PHOTO.
#1 billy the Kid Photo1algin2 2011-06-29 14:40
If you google Billy the kid photo, you will find this same photo, as well as a same pose photo only wiyh the gun in the left had. Therefore, how can this tintype be the only known photo????

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