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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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nriggs4640 April 19 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sorry I made a mistake, I know, hard to believe. Cold actually made 4 buntline specials but there still is no record that Earp ever got one of them. In fact there is no reliable record Earp and Ned Buntline ever even met. Much of what we "know" about Wyatt earp comes from the Stuart Late book and the 50's TV show about Earp taken from that book. Lake's book is about 98% fiction and the TV show made it even worse. One of the writers here said it right. The old west was a pretty safe place. All the saloons and brothels were kept in one area of town and that is where 99% of the crime took place. If you stayed on your side of the traks it was actually a pretty safe place to live in. More murders in NY City than in Dodge City.

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Lauren nriggs4640 April 19 2014 at 11:39 AM

No, riggs, the saloons and brothels were not isolated geographically from the rest of the town. Have you actually ever visited the restored town of Tombstone?

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Barry April 19 2014 at 12:01 PM

my understanding of the "Buntline Special" was a barrel of about 12-14 inches. That picture looks like the standard 7 1/2. Colt made 3 standard barrels of 4 3/4, 5 1/2 and 7 1/2. They also made a sheriffs "special" with a 3 1/2 barrel. From other history, I thought that Earp used a smaller caliber like a 38-40, or a .36 which was popular in those days, but not a .45 Long Colt. However, the Buntline might have been a .45 as it needed the bigger powder charge to get thru the barrel.

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neutralslamm Barry April 19 2014 at 1:28 PM

Hickok used the .36 Colt Navy.

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Steve & Karen April 19 2014 at 12:02 PM

According to Ben Traywick, Historian Emeritus for the City of Tombstone, Arizona, Wyatt carried a .44 caliber Smith & Wesson not a Colt .45. Ben is an author of numerous books on Tombstone related chacters.

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Wyboo51 Steve & Karen April 19 2014 at 12:22 PM

so it was said,a 44

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neutralslamm Wyboo51 April 19 2014 at 1:27 PM

It was the 44.

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mereciano9 April 19 2014 at 12:15 PM

Did the gun that was supposedly carried by Wyatt at the street fight (commonly referred to as the OK Corral Gunfight), and that sold for $225,000, have a serial number? If it did, what was the serial number?

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BOB mereciano9 April 19 2014 at 12:28 PM

007

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Wyboo51 April 19 2014 at 12:21 PM

looks to good to me.wyatt kept it wraped in fine irish linen, except on gun slinging days,presonally where are the holster wear marks especially on the reciever,some one got tooook,aces and small pair,,,,lol

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jrp1947 April 19 2014 at 12:25 PM

You either believe or you don't. These men were willing to put their money where their faith was. It is very hard to separate Hollywood/fiction lore from real facts.

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BRUCE April 19 2014 at 12:44 PM

So he paid $225,000 so that visitors can come look at it for 5 minutes or so and say "I wonder if it was really his" and then leave...doesn't make much sense to me.

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gilfordberry BRUCE April 19 2014 at 1:06 PM

There are always people with more money than brains who want to have something no one else has. As stupid as this purchase sounds, he'll probably keep it a few years, showing it off to his friends, then sell it for considerably more than he paid for it. One-of-a-kind relics are a pretty good hedge on inflation.

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Doug April 19 2014 at 8:49 AM

Buy the gun...never buy the story.

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MRFOOT....LABAS! April 19 2014 at 12:48 PM

...TOO MANY IF`S FOR $250K...

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Mike April 19 2014 at 12:56 PM

I can believe that!! The only picture of Billy The Kid sold at auction a couple of yrs ago for aprox. 3million Dollars!!!

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excop402 Mike April 19 2014 at 2:15 PM

Almost correct Mike 2.3 Million dollars and was purchased by BILLIONAIRE William Koch of Palm Beach Fla

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