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Bonnie and Clyde Guns to be Auctioned

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed during a 1934 shoot out with law enforcement officers, but they went down with guns blazing, and now those firearms are going up for auction.

Bonnie's Colt .38-caliber revolver, Clyde's .45-caliber pistol and other memorabilia will be going up for auction in Amherst, New Hampshire on Sept. 30.

Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction, believes that each firearm could sell for between $100,000 and $200,000.

Livingston told CBS Houston: “They were pretty famous in their moment and I think that’s lasted through time."

In addiition to the guns, other items going up for auction include Clyde's gold pocket watch, Bonnie's cosmetics case and a letter from Clyde to his brother L.C. Barrow.

Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in 1930 and committed 13 murders, along with numerous robberies and burglaries before they died in Louisiana.

According to RR Auction, Bonnie Parker’s Colt Detective Special .38 revolver was carried by her at the time of her death. A notarized letter from former Special Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Jr., dated December 10, 1979, identifies this gun and states, “On the morning of May 23, 1934, when my father and the officers with him in Louisiana killed Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. My father removed this gun from the inside thigh of Bonnie Parker where she had it taped with white, medical, adhesive tape. My father said that one reason she had the gun taped to the inside of her leg was that, in those days, no gentlemen officer would search a woman where she had it taped…Sometime later, my father gave this gun to Buster Davis who had been a Texas Ranger and was, at the time, an FBI Agent.” Included with this gun and mentioned in this letter is a framed handwritten note from Frank Hamer, written on the back of an old Texas Ranger Expense Account form, reads “Aug/1934 Davis hold onto this. Bonnie was ‘squatting’ on it. Frank.”


According to RR Auction, Clyde Barrow’s Colt Model 1911 Government Model Semi-auto pistol, removed from his waistband after the ambush by Texas and Louisiana lawmen on May 23, 1934. This is a standard U.S. Army pistol of World War I vintage, #164070, cal. .45 ACP, and according to the included Colt factory letter was delivered to Springfield Armory on June 28, 1917. The frame marked with inspector Gilbert H. Stewart’s circular stamp and the forward left side of the frame has light scratches where the “U.S. Property” marking was removed. The barrel has a good bore and is inscribed with an intertwined “HP” proofmark. The metal is not pitted and has an attractive gray/brown patina with a good deal of original bright factory blue on the left side of the frame and on the small parts. All of the factory markings are in excellent condition and the ‘double diamond’ walnut grips show moderate wear.


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