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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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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


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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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bikerjeff3 April 19 2014 at 12:34 PM

merger99 until the invention of smokeless powder all guns were black powder, cartridge or cap and ball. Colt 1873 frames used a screw to keep the cylinder pin in on the early black powder frames. As with any gun from this period you have to take the best info you can get and make a decision whether it could be the real thing. there are exceptions ,Bat Mastersons 3 inch nickel it has a letter to and from the factory

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hotspringspark April 19 2014 at 12:45 PM

I thought Wyatt Earp packed a Glock 17, 9mm, 18 round mag with lazer aim and trigger safety.

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neutralslamm hotspringspark April 19 2014 at 12:54 PM


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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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bobcatmtn April 19 2014 at 1:05 PM

hey its his money to do with as he likes. some people buy cars that cost well over 100,000 dollars. so long as they have the money to spend then so be it. who are we to tell them its too much?

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