Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin



The Colt revolver that was used to kill famed outlaw Billy the Kid in 1881 is expected to fetch up to $US4m ($A5.4m) when it comes up for auction in Los Angeles next month.

Sheriff Pat Garrett, a former friend of Billy the Kid, drew the gun at a ranch in New Mexico after hunting down the famed gunslinger, who had killed two deputies while breaking out of jail. The famous duel became one of the foundation stories of the American West.

Auction house Bonhams described the single-action Colt revolver as a “treasure of early western history”.

After killing Billy the Kid, also known as William H. Bonney, Garrett lent the gun for an exhibition at a saloon in El Paso. It was bought by a Texan who sold it on to Jim and Theresa Earle in 1983. Jim Earle died in 2019 and his family are now selling the gun.

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