10 of the most expensive pieces of outlaw memorabilia

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2015-06-26 11:32:58

We look at 10 of the most expensive pieces of outlaw memorabilia

10) Al Capone archive - $23,582

This archive contained a range of material pertaining to Al Capone, the legendary prohibition-era mob boss. It included a copy of his death certificate and a handwritten request for indigestion tablets. The archive was collected by the mobster’s physician, Kenneth Phillips, and dates from 1939-1945.

It sold for $23,582 at RR Auction in 2013.

9) Black Bart photograph - $42,500

A rare photograph of the "gentleman highwayman" Black Bart - Image: Heritage Auctions

A rare photograph of the outlaw Black Bart made $42,500 at Heritage Auctions in Denver in 2013. Bart was an infamous stagecoach robber in California during the late 1800s who was notable for his lack of violence and his penchant for leaving poems at the scene of the crime.

He was eventually arrested in 1884, and served four years in jail.

8) Doc Holliday’s frock coat - $55,000

The coat belonged to legendary gunman Doc Holliday - Image: Guernsey's

Doc Holliday famously fought alongside Wyatt Earp in the Gunfight at the OK Corral, undoubtedly the most famous shootout in the history of the West.

A dentist, gambler and gunfighter, Holliday’s mysterious past and laissez faire attitude towards killing make him one of the most fascinating characters to have emerged from that era. The coat was consigned by the town of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and sold for $55,000 at Guernsey’s in 2013.

7) Jesse James wanted poster - $57,475

The poster calls for the capture of the James brothers - Image: Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction

A wanted poster for Jesse James, the legendary outlaw and train robber, made $57,475 at Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction in Denver in 2012.

The exceptionally rare poster reads: "Proclamation of the Governor of Missouri! Rewards for the arrest of Express and Train Robbers”.

6) Al Capone’s Colt .28 - $108,447

A Colt .28 owned by Capone achieved £67,250 ($108,447) at Christie’s London in 2011.

It was made in 1929, soon after the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre, and was sold with a letter of provenance from Capone’s sister in law.

5) Wyatt Earp OK Corral sketch - $380,000

The sketch of the gunfight was produced by Earp soon after the event - Image: Alexander Historical Auctions

While he fought on the side of the law, Wyatt Earp’s role in the OK Corral incident places him at the scene of one of the defining events in the history of the American outlaw.

This sketch was drawn soon after the events of the shooting, and show the positions of the combatants – including Doc Holliday, the Earp brothers and the Clanton and McLaury brothers.

4) Butch Cassidy’s Colt SAA .45 - $175,000

Butch Cassidy carried the gun between 1896 and 1899 - Image: California Auctioneers

Butch Cassidy is among the most famous US outlaws of all time, due in no small part to the classic film starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

The gun was bought in 1896, shortly after his release from prison and was carried with him until at least 1899, the period during which he executed his most famous and daring crimes. It sold for $175,000 at California Auctioneers in 2012.

3) Al Capone’s armoured Cadillac - $341,000

The Cadillac was heavily modified with armour plating and bulletproof windows - Image: RR Auction

A Chicago based mechanic was forced by Capone’s men to modify the 1928 Cadillac with armour plating and bulletproof windows, which were specifically designed for drive-by shootings.

Allegedly Capone was so impressed with the mechanic’s work that he doubled the amount he paid him. The car sold for $341,000 at RR Auction in 2012.

2) Bonnie and Clyde guns - $504,000

Bonnie Parker's .38 Colt Detective Special was found strapped to her thigh - Image: RR Auction

These guns were recovered from the bodies of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two of the most famous criminals in US history. After three years spent terrorizing the central states of America they were ambushed and killed in Louisiana in 1934.

The guns were bought by a single bidder for a total of $504,000 at RR Auction in 2012.

**1) Billy the Kid portrait - $2.3m **

This is the only known photograph of Billy the Kid - Image: Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction

The only known, authenticated portrait of outlaw Billy the Kid heads our top 10. The tintype, an early photograph printed on to a metal plate, is believed to have been taken in New Mexico in around 1880 - a year before he was killed by Sherriff Pat Garrett.

It sold for $2.3m at Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction in Denver in 2011.

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