Rare picture of legendary outlaw ‘Billy the Kid’, was bought for just two dollars in a junk shop in Fresno, California, but according to admirers it is worth $5 million.
The black and white photo shows one of the most violent and most feared outlaws Far West of the mid ‘800 while playing croquet with his gang “regulators” in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
The photo was taken in the late summer of 1878 in which the young man holding the bat is Billy the Kid. American company Kagin has authenticated it with the help of tools for facial authentication.
This photo is likely to generate millions of dollars when it will be put on sale by Kagin, a company which specializes in collecting and selling coins and collectibles.
The picture was bought by collector Randy Guijarro and is the second image of the bandit authenticated. To date we know of the existence of only a photo of the outlaw, the one that shows him with a rifle in hand. That photo was purchased by billionaire William Koch in 2011 for about $2 million.
Kagin’s David McCarthy said “We had to be sure we could answer and verify where, when, how and why this photograph was taken,”. “Simple resemblance is not enough in a case like this.
A two hour documentary based on this fascinating finding will also be broadcast on National Geographic channel on October 18.
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