A photograph believed to be the only surviving image of Billy the Kid has been bought by a private collector for $2.3m (£1.4m) at auction.
The black and white tintype of the 19th-century wild west outlaw was sold at auction in Denver, Colorado, and is believed to have been taken in 1879 or 1880 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
The hammer price, which included a seller's fee, was far higher than expected. The auction house had expected the portrait to go for no more than $400,000.
The photograph is believed to have been given by Billy the Kid – who was also known as William Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim and William H Bonney – to his friend, Dan Dedrick, and had been the property of Dedrick's descendants until the sale.
It is said that there were taken 4 tintypes at that moment. Only 1 of them is left...
Go and search for the other 3.......................................
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