Jesse James signed photograph
The Jesse James signed photograph is a signed photograph of the notorious US outlaw.
It is the only known signed photograph of James.
James is portrayed as a young man with slicked back hair, dressed in a suit and tie. The picture contains his autograph at the bottom.
Born in Missouri in 1847, James was a Confederate guerrilla during the American civil war and turned his hand to many criminal activities in the following years, including train robbery and bank raids.
James was killed in 1882 by Robert Ford, a member of his gang, for a $10,000 reward.
The signed photograph was bought by an anonymous collector for $51,240 at a Leslie Hindman Auctioneers event in Chicago in April 2011.
It far exceeded its high-end estimate of $30,000.
The rarity of James's signature combined with the photograph's excellent provenance helped the piece achieve its strong showing. It had once been owned by Calvin Tilden Owns, the husband of Ethel Rose James, Jesse James's granddaughter.