Bandit’s weapon goes for auction after 80 years

| July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Of the antic materials to be auctioned is a certain Colt .38 revolver and a .45 caliber pistol belonging to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The duo was one of the most intriguing love birds of all time but rather than the likes of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these lovers were murderers and robbers.

She kept a Colt .38-caliber revolver close, while he preferred a .45-caliber pistol from the same maker. They however met their waterloo in 1934 when Law enforcement officials caught up with them. After they were killed the guns were recovered.

It was Texas Ranger Frank Hamer that led the assault on the most wanted criminals with six lawmen who carried out the ambush. With over 80 years goen since the incident, officials wish to auction the infamous lovers’ weapons.

The guns as well as other items belonging to the bandits will be up for auctioning in New Hampshire on Sept. 30. It is believed that either weapon could fetch as much as $100,000 or more.

Other items for the auctioning includes Clyde’s gold pocket watch which he wore when he died, his lovers cosmetics case used to carry lipstick, Coty face powder and a powder puff. The brown leatherette box was inside the Ford automobile the bandits were riding in when they were ambushed and shot by officials in 1934.

Another material of interest would be a letter Clyde wrote L.C. Barrow his brother on the back of a photo showing a house on a platform surrounded by water. He signed it “bud.” Clyde refers to himself as ‘bud” when he is on the run.

Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction in Amherst, N.H. said of the duo; “They were pretty famous in their moment and I think that’s lasted through time,”

Bonnie and Clyde are said to have met in Texas around 1930 and committed over 13 murders, several robberies and burglaries at the time of their death. Law enforcement officials were among their victims. The duo became infamous as they traveled across America’s Midwest and South, holding up banks and stores with other gang members.

Jonathan Davis, whose book “Bonnie & Clyde & Marie: A Sister’s Perspective on the Notorious Barrow Gang” is expected out shortly, befriended Marie Barrow in the early 1990s and is acting as an advisor for the auction.

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