The most famous outlaws of the old west, Billy the Kid. Only got one confirmed picture but now there are two, Person found this picture in a junk shop for $2 in 2010, the antique snapshot’s value now stands at about $5 million.
The first confirmed photo of Billy was taken in 1880. This 2×3-inch tintype portrait was sold at auction in 2010 for $2.3 million. So why would the new one be valued at more than twice as much? This new photo is a 4×5 tintype photograph that shows Billy the Kid going about his life playing croquet in 1878. He’s the one on the left, leaning on the mallet. Picture is actually a long shot which involves many subjects but luckily Billy is one of them.
The photo has been authenticated by Kagan’s, a San Francisco-based company that deals in old west Americana. It turns out the photo was taken at a wedding attended by Billy and his gang. The team spent a year looking over every detail in the photo to confirm that it was indeed Billy the Kid pictured. They even traveled to the location in the photo to confirm the accuracy of the scene.
Billy the Kid, also known as William Bonney, was born in 1859 as Henry McCarty. He lived only 21 years before being gunned down by a New Mexico sheriff by the name of Pat Garrett, but he became nationally known during that time. Billy the Kid was a jack of all trades when it came to criminality, but became something of a folk hero despite his alleged killing of 21 men.