Monday, October 19, 2015

The Mallet Of Billy The Kid

A California man who unwittingly purchased a photo of Billy the Kid may land close to $5 million from its auction. Sounds like highway robbery to me.

A few years ago, while scouring a Fresno, Calif., antiques shop, Randy Guijarro coughed up $2 for three old photographs. Now, one of those images—said to be the second verified picture ever found of outlaw Billy the Kid—is worth an estimated $5 million.

In the shot, the Wild West gunslinger is holding a weapon of a different variety: a croquet mallet. Henry McCarty (a.k.a. William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid) plays the unexpectedly dignified sport alongside members of his gang The Regulators in the summer of 1878 in New Mexico. The 4-inch-by-5-inch tintype was authenticated by a firm called Kagin’s Inc.

It’s a remarkable find, considering there’s only one other known photo of the thief and gunfighter in existence. (H/T - Kari)

Wow, this is so much more impressive than my photo of Twinkie the Kid.


  1. That lucky bastard...

  2. Sully - Mental note: Always buy old photos at garage sales!

  3. I have pics from an old Kodac Instamatic that are more impressive that your Twinkie the Kid photo. I agree with Sully.

  4. Metoo - I'll be DAMNED if I'm going to let you criticize Twinkie the Kid!!!

  5. Long live Twinkie The Kid