Billy the Kid photo goes for R15m

By Time of article published Jun 27, 2011

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DENVER, Colorado: Notorious Wild West gunslinger Billy the Kid paid 25 cents to have his photograph taken outside a New Mexico saloon in late 1880 or early 1881. On Saturday, that faded picture sold for $2.3 million (R15.8m).

William Koch, the brother of prominent conservative political donors David and Charles Koch, won with the top bid at the Old West Show and Auction in Denver.

It was not clear what Koch might do with the 40cm2 tintype, the only known adult portrait of the legendary outlaw known as William Bonney, Henry Antrim, Henry McCarty or just “the Kid”.

The gunman, who according to legend shot dead 21 people – one for each year of his life – was himself gunned down in July 1881.

Bonney was about 20 when he had his portrait taken at a saloon in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. – Sapa-AFP

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