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Bonnie and Clyde Guns Expected to Fetch $200,000 Each at Auction

Published: July 14, 2012 | 11:44 am
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Two guns recovered from the bodies of Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious gangster couple, are expected to fetch $200,000 each at auction in September.

The weapons were found on the outlaw lovers after they were gunned down in an ambush by Texas Rangers in 1934.

The Colt .38 revolver was taped to the inner thigh of Bonnie Parker and the Colt .45 pistol was tucked into the waistband of Clyde Barrow.

The guns will go under the hammer on Sept 30 at RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire, along with personal effects including Barrow’s gold watch, a letter from his brother and Parker’s cosmetics case.

Bobby Livingston, RR Auction’s vice president, predicted that each gun would raise between $100,000 and $200,000.

“This is one of the finest Bonnie and Clyde collections you will ever see,” he told CNN. “We expect the guns should sell anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000. But really the sky is the limit for these types of guns.”

An auction earlier this year of two other guns seized from a hideout used by couple in 1933 fetched $210,000 – far in excess of the expected figure.

That has prompted speculation that collectors will bid much higher sums for weapons retrieved from their bodies. “It doesn’t get any closer for collectors of history,” said Mr Livingston.

The couple led the Barrow Gang of bank robbers after the Great Depression of 1929. At a time when financial institutions were widely reviled, they enjoyed some popular acclaim as perceived foes of big business.

But they were ruthless criminals who were believed to have killed at least 11 police officers and their popularity faded as civilian casualties of their shooting sprees mounted They have, however, remained as figures in the popular imagination through books and films, including the 1967 box office hit starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk


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