Two historical guns belonging to legendary Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp will be up for auction on April 17.
J. Levin Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Ariz. will auction Earp’s Colt .45 revolver and Winchester lever action gun. The auction house expects more than 6,000 potential buyers to bid on the Wild West guns.
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Earp’s Colt .45 is the most prized of the pair. Historians believe that Earp carried the revolver with him in Tombstone, Ariz. where he served as a Deputy Town Marshal, and possibly at the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
“This is American history here — and not only is it that, it’s Western folklore,” Auctioneer J. Levine told Arizona Central. “This gun, the O.K. Corral shootout, it’s lived on where other stories have not stood the test of time.”
Levin anticipates the Colt .45 and Winchester rifle pair will sell for $275,000 at auction.
The auction will also include a headshot of Earp taken after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and 32 files boxes of documents and taped interviews with people who knew Earp or his relatives. Both the guns and the file boxes came from the collection of late Wyatt Earp historian Robert Boyer.
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