Billy the Kid photo auctioned for $2.6M
A tintype of Billy the Kid, taken in 1879 or 1880 in Fort Sumner, N.M. It shows the outlaw standing with his hand resting on a Winchester rifle on one side and a Colt revolver holstered on his right side. / AP Photo/Old West Show and Auction
DENVER What is believed to be the only surviving, authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid has sold at auction in Denver for more than $2.3 million.
The tintype was sold last night to private collector William Koch at Brian Lebel's 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction.
Auction spokeswoman Melissa McCracken said the image of the 1800s outlaw is the most expensive piece ever sold at the event
A 15 percent fee was tacked onto the bidding price, making selling price more than $2.6 million.
Organizers had expected it could fetch between $300,000-$400,000.
The tintype is believed to have been taken in 1879 or 1880 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
It shows Kid standing with his hand resting on a Winchester carbine on his right side and a Colt revolver holstered on his left side.
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