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Guns up for auction traced to lawman Wyatt Earp

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/03/25/guns-believed-to-have-belonged-to-wyatt-earp-up-for-auction-in-arizona-amid/


"It's high noon for one Arizona auction house that says it has two guns once owned by the legendary gunslinger Wyatt Earp.

The Arizona Republic reported that J. Levine Auction & Appraisal listed two guns, including a Colt .45-caliber revolver, that descendants of the famous lawman say he carried in Tombstone and possibly the shootout at O.K. Corral.

"This is American history here -- and not only is it that, it's Western folklore…..This gun, the O.K. Corral shootout, it's lived on where other stories have not stood the test of time," Josh Levine, the owner of the auction house, told the paper.

He reportedly said that he expects 6,000 bidders and thinks the two guns will fetch about $275,000.

But like most things that involve the Old West, the facts are challenged and appear to some to be as mysterious as an old ghost town.

These guns were previously owned by Glenn Boyer, an author of a few books on Earp who admitted one of the books was mixed with fact and fiction, the report said.

"The biggest problem is that anything that came through Glenn Boyer's hands -- how do we know Glenn Boyer didn’t write it himself," John Boessenecker, a San Francisco gun collector, told the paper.

Gary McLelland, editor of OldWestMagazine.com, told the paper that the "Tombstone crowd" is passionate about its history and all eyes will be on this auction. Boyer's relatives told the paper that the name "Wyatt Earp" is considered a family curse. They said they've received threatening messages and public vitriol. The auction house is doubling its security the night of the auction, the report said.

On Oct. 26, 1881, Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holliday confronted a gang of drunken outlaws, sparking a 30-second gun battle in the streets of Tombstone that killed Frank and Tom McLaury and Bill Clanton.

It made folk heroes of Earp and Holliday and inspired numerous movies about the untamed Old West.

Historians have long argued over who fired first and whether McLaury was armed when he was shot. Earp and the other lawmen said they were defending themselves. Friends of the outlaws called it murder.

Wild West fans still argue over who was right, even though a judge and grand jury found insufficient evidence to try Holliday and the Earp brothers.

One person who knew Boyer stood up for his research and said, "Maybe he wrote his opinion in his books and stretched reality, but he didn't make up the research." Boyer died last year.

The Arizona Republic reported that the serial number from the Colt. 45 is missing, but an X-ray showed the original number connected the gun to Earp. One firearms expert reportedly said no serial number is usually a "kiss of death" for the seller. But these guns will come with a sworn affidavit from Boyer supporting their authenticity.

Despite the critics, the auction is seen as a way to promote Western culture.

"I mean, this is the history of our state, and we're very much interested in putting Arizona on the map culturally and making our history available to our own citizens here," Daniel Coleman, Boyer's stepson, told the paper."
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,208 Senior Member
    No serial number....? Been removed? Oops looks like Wyatt Erp's gun will grace the office of a ATF chief. .... I mean get confiscated and destroyed. Shame, on the other hand or will remove 1873 single action army assault pistol from the public , those are dangerous!!!!!
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,872 Senior Member
    Lots of old gun makers didn't serial number their guns, though Colt wasn't one of them. I believe the rules are different for relics & curios...
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Lots of old gun makers didn't serial number their guns, though Colt wasn't one of them. I believe the rules are different for relics & curios...

    Pre 1899 or something?

    Anyway, that's a whole lotta jack and even if I won the Mega Millions and decided I wanted them, I'd still be very cautious, "Buyer Beware".

    I hope they eventually end up in a museum for all to enjoy someday. I would be temped to load up some mild BP "Cowboy" loads and shoot them if they were mine providing they were in good mechanical/sound functional condition. :guns::guns:
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Sounds like the provenance on that pistol is a bit suspect. With something like that, provenance can mean big $$$$$ and lack of it can knock the price down drastically.
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