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Wyatt Earp's pistol sells for $225k at auction

American lawman and gunfighter Wyatt Earp, late 1800s.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A gun thought to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has sold at auction for $225,000.

A telephone bidder in New Mexico made the winning bid for the Colt .45 revolver Thursday night.

The auction of numerous items related to Earp and his family in Scottsdale, Ariz., brought in more than $445,000, officials with J. Levine Auction & Appraisal officials said.

The auction house initially valued the Colt between $100,000 and $150,000.

The items belonged to the estate of Glenn Boyer, an author of several books on Earp. Boyer died in February 2013.

Some have questioned the items' authenticity while others say Boyer was a credible researcher.

Josh Levine, who heads the auction house, said the Colt comes with several pages of documents testifying to its authenticity. The documents include a notarized, sworn affidavit signed by Boyer in 1994. There is also a letter from Colt that states the gun was made in the time period that Earp lived.

A Chandler man spent $150,000 on a shotgun owned by Earp, a family archive and other items.

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page114 April 19 2014 at 7:45 AM

Wish I had that kind of money to buy an artifact.Maybe I could bid for a spent bullet.....lol

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Mr. Alan April 19 2014 at 9:21 AM

Interesting fellow, Wyatt Earp. Not only did Ned Buntline present him with the longest barreled Colt ever made, Earp's remains are buried in a Jewish cemetery in California. That's because his common law wife of more than 40 years, the singer and actress Josephine Marcus, was Jewish. And during Passover, Wyatt regularly attended her family's seders in San Francisco wearing a yarmulke under his western-style headgear.

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uptic007 Mr. Alan April 19 2014 at 2:04 PM

Yes Wyatt was an intresting man. I see you have done some reading on his life as well. Josephine's actual photo did not make her to be the beauty that the stories make her out to be. The very few in this room conversation that have actually done any reading on Mr Earp is amusing to me. I would be intrested to know what the documentation on the guns sold showed as proof this was actually Wyatts gun used at the OK Coral??? In my previous studies on the where abouts of Wyatts and Docs guns were unknown 4yrs ago... Doc's shotgun would surely bring a hefty price.

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rothhammer1 uptic007 April 19 2014 at 8:25 PM

Autry Museum in Los Angeles has revolvers belonging to Earp and Holliday, both Colt. The Holliday revolver is said to be the one used at Tombstone.

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dbrianpritchett April 19 2014 at 7:03 AM

Before I put that much money into a "historical" item it would take a whole bunch more authenticating than was shown here..Call me a skeptic and that will be just fine..

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nam2205 April 19 2014 at 9:13 AM

I wonder what Pawn stars would have offered.

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melvnr April 19 2014 at 6:50 AM

Color me skeptical..... As I read this article it brought to mind the widow of Jesse James who supported herself by selling "Jesse's gun"....selling it over and over and over....

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Doug April 19 2014 at 8:49 AM

Buy the gun...never buy the story.

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vicwithag April 19 2014 at 7:54 AM

Wyatt Earp was one of many that worked to keep people safe in towns he worked as a law man .
If we had some like him today they would clean up our towns and stop the cry babies that would reject his way of doing things ... You know like the people that cry = Even if he killed this little girl ,,, He has his rights ....

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rothhammer1 April 19 2014 at 3:54 AM

The AOL lead in to this story identifies Wyatt Earp's (alleged) six shooter as a 'cowboy's gun.'

The lawless group who opposed the Earps at Tombstone, AZ called them selves "The Cowboys."

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was, at various times, a buffalo hunter, saloon keeper, gambler, brothel owner, miner, lawman and motion picture consultant.

He jailed many 'cowboys' over the years and even shot a few, but never was one.

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georgessc April 19 2014 at 7:22 AM

"Ah, let me call a friend. He knows everything there is about Wyatt Earp's history".

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CGALLAGHER georgessc April 19 2014 at 7:57 AM

Chumley write himup

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Jake CGALLAGHER April 19 2014 at 8:53 AM

lol I am watching Pawn Stars as we type. I DVR'd Thursday's episodes

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Bob April 19 2014 at 8:17 AM

If you have read only one book then you probably don't know the real story.I have read multiple books,including those by Boyer.According to many eyewitness accounts,if nothing else Wyatt earp was relatively fearless.He didn't even take cover in gunfights.Why can't people give credit where it's due.

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