Two guns owned by Wyatt Earp and possibly used at the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone, Arizona sold for nearly $400,000 at a recent auction.
According to AZCentral.com
, the auction hosted by J. Levine and Appraisal in Scottsdale attracted over 6,000 bidders from 49 countries around the world.
The two guns, along with guns said to have belonged to Earp's brother Virgil and grandfather, were part of the estate sale of Glenn Boyer, who died last year. Boyer was a controversial figure, having authored three books on Earp that some historians disagreed with, including "I Married Wyatt Earp," in 1976. Because of his controversial nature, some questioned the authenticity of the guns and their supposed owner.
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Nonetheless, the Colt .45 valued at up to $150,000 in the end sold for $225,000, while the shotgun valued up to $125,000 went for $150,000, according to The Associated Press
The head of the auction house, Josh Levine, said the Colt had many documents attesting to its authenticity including a sworn affidavit signed by Boyer in 1994 and a letter from Colt guaranteeing that the gun did indeed come from the time period in which Earp lived.
Several hundred people flew in from places like California, Texas, and New Mexico before the auction to view the guns and marvel at the pieces from the days of the early Wild West.
The Colt revolver had been modified throughout the years, getting a new barrel and handle grip.
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