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The Colt revolver that Sheriff Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid is up for auction, but you can’t buy it


One of the most revered weapons of the American Wild West, the gun used to kill the 19th century outlaw Billy the Kid, will be auctioned this August. The revolver, Sheriff Pat Garrett’s Colt, is expected to fetch between $2 million and $3 million at auction.

It was the pistol Pat Garrett used to finish off Billy the Kid in 1881 after a chase that lasted several months. The auction house describes the object as “the most iconic treasure of recent Western history” in the United States.

The gun came from the collection of a Texas couple, Jim and Theresa Earle, who accumulated firearms and other Western artefacts over some 50 years. Jim Earle died in 2019 and his family is now putting the collection up for sale.

July 14 marked the 140th anniversary of Billy the Kid’s death. It was that night when Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett killed the West’s most wanted outlaw in a darkened room of a house in Old Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Most historians agree that Pat Garrett shot Billy the Kid to death that night. What some researchers doubt, however, is that Billy the Kid was carrying a gun at the time, as reported at the time by Garrett and other collaborators involved in the killing.


Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty; September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), also known by the pseudonym William H. Bonney, was an outlaw and gunfighter of the American Old West, who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at the age of 21. He also fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War, during which he allegedly committed three murders.

Billy The Kid – The True Legend
Billy then told Joe that he was Billy the kid and they both reached for their guns. Of course Billy won and the outwitted Joe Grant lay dead. The Kid was on the run again and on Nov 27, 1880 a posse managed to catch up with him as well as his friends Dirty Dave Rudabaugh, and Billy Wilson.

Billy the Kid | Biography, Death, & Facts
Billy the Kid, notorious gunfighter of the American West, reputed to have killed at least 27 men before being gunned down at about age 21 in 1881. His real name is debated, and some believe that he remained at large until his death in 1950. Learn more about Billy the Kid’s life.

9 Things You May Not Know About Billy the Kid
1. He was orphaned as a teen. Little is known about Billy the Kid’s early days, but he was most likely born Henry McCarty in the Irish slums of New York City sometime in late 1859.

Billy the Kid – Photo, Movie & Pat Garrett
Billy the Kid was born William Henry McCarty Jr. on November 23, 1859, in New York City. Little is known about his early life, but it is believed that his father died or left the family when Billy …

The Death Of Billy The Kid, 1881
B illy The Kid was born in the slums of New York City in 1859. After the death of his father, he traveled west with his mother ending up in Silver City, New Mexico Territory in 1873. Little of substance is known about Billy’s life during this period, and myth has replaced fact to shroud the early years of Billy the Kid in folklore.

How Did Billy the Kid Die?
Western outlaw Billy the Kid met his demise at about 12:30 a.m. on July 14, 1881, when he went to his friend Pete Maxwell’s home in Fort Sumner, New Mexico in search of a slice of beef for a …

Billy the Kid May Have Cheated Death and Lived on as …
The Billy the Kid Museum in Hico, Texas explores the theory that one of the Old West’s most famous outlaws escaped death and lived a quiet life in Texas.

Second Confirmed Photo of Billy the Kid Unearthed
A newly unearthed photo of Billy the Kid is expected to make one family fabulously wealthy. There may be no more infamous symbol of the American West in the 19th century than Billy the Kid. He went by William H. Bonney, although he was born Henry McCarty in New York to Irish immigrants.

Fourth photo of Billy the Kid is found at a flea market …
Billy the Kid poses with the lawman who would kill him months later: Fourth known image of the notorious outlaw is bought at a flea market for $10. The black and white image, taken in August 1880 …



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