Despite being killed in 1881 at the ripe age of just 21, Henry McCarty — better known as “Billy the Kid” — is still remembered as one of the most legendary and infamous outlaws and gunslingers in the history of the American Old West. Fast forward 140-years-later to today, and the firearm that claimed the life of Billy the Kid is headed to auction.
Inscribed with serial number 55093, this 1880 Colt .44 to .40 7.5” barrel Single Action Army Revolver was owned by Sheriff Pat Garrett and was used to put a round into the chest of McCarty at Pete Maxwell’s ranch just outside Fort Sumner in July of 1881. DFC-stamped, this functional piece of American history is equipped with a well-worn walnut grip, and comes with several notarized and signed letters proving its origins, history. Part of the renowned collection of Jim and Theresa Earle, the Colt revolver that killed Billy the Kid is slated to cross the auction block at Bonhams’ upcoming “The Early West” sale on August 27, 2021, where it’s currently expected to fetch between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000. For more information, you can check out the lot’s landing page linked below.