Bonnie & Clyde collectibles
Bonnie & Clyde collectibles are items of crime memorabilia relating to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow were renowned criminals, outlaws, and robbers, whose crime spree saw them travelling around central America during the great depression.
Along with other members of the Barrow gang, their bank and store robberies and murders of police officers and civilians caught the public’s imagination and shot the young outlaw lovers to fame, to become the first celebrity criminals of the modern era. Their outlaw life on the run was glamorised by the media, and their passionate relationship and taste for murder idolised by a generation of angry young Depression-era Americans with a frustrated desire to strike back at a society in which they had no stake. Their bank robberies appeared as Robin-Hood esque to the increasingly anti-Capitalist public.
Bonnie and Clyde, along with other members of the Barrow gang, were gunned down by policemen in 1934.
Items were taken from the scene of Bonnie & Clyde’s deaths almost immediately as souvenirs, as collectibles. Blood stained hair, pieces of clothing, shell casings, window glass, even Clyde’s saxophone. Men even tried to cut off pieces of the two lovers, Bonnie’s finger and Clyde’s ear, but they were prevented by the police.
Photographs and poetry
While the couple were at large, the police discovered a horde of undeveloped camera film featuring Bonnie and Clyde in playful, sexy poses wielding firearms, along with some intelligent, colourful poetry. These items were seized upon by the media and captured the imaginations of the American public.
- A signed photo of Clyde Barrow sold for $13,000 at Alexander Autographs in September 2004.
- Eight photographs of Bonnie & Clyde sold for $2,250 at PBA Galleries in October 2006.
- Signed photograph of Bonnie Parker, sold for $9,375 at Christie’s in June 2009.
- Photograph of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, signed by Clyde, sold for $21,850 at Christie’s in April 1996.
- ‘The Gun that Killed Bonnie & Clyde’, one of the guns used in the shooting, sold for $4,500 at Cowan’s Auctions in October 2010.
- Bonnie’s Colt .38-caliber revolver – RR Auction, price pending
- Clyde’s Colt .45-caliber pistol – RR Auction, price pending
- Bonnie Parker’s cigarette - $1,400 at Burley Auction Group in February 2008
- Clyde’s gold pocket watch, worn at his death – RR Auction,price pending
- Bonnie’s cosmetics case with lipstick and powder puff – RR Auction, price pending
- Several Bonnie & Clyde wanted posters have sold for large amounts, $700 at Signature House in October 2007, and for $1,500 at Guernsey’s in March 2008.
- Bonnie Parker’s signature on an original typescript of her poem ‘The Street Girl’ at Heritage Auctions in October 2006.
- Blanche Barrow (Clyde’s sister in law)’s handwritten manuscript of ‘My Life with Bonnie & Clyde’, sold for $2,151 at Heritage Auctions in October 2006.
- Picture frame made by Clyde Barrow in prison, sold for $2,151 at Heritage Auctions in October 2006.
- Footstool made by Clyde Barrow in prison, sold for $1,195 at Heritage Auctions in October 2006, and for $2,500 at Signature House in October 2007.