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World's only photo of Billy the Kid sells for £1.4 million

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billy-the-kidThe only known photograph of Wild West gunslinger Billy the Kid has sold for £1.4 million ($2.2 million).


Florida billionaire William Koch placed the winning bid in person at Brian Lebel's annual Old West Auction in Denver.

The 130-year-old tintype image had been expected to sell for between £188,000 ($300,000) and £250,000  ($400,000).

Mr Koch, an energy company boss, said after the auction that he planned to allow several museums to display the photo.

The photograph was taken outside a saloon in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in late 1879.

It shows the notorrious outlaw gripping the upright barrel of a Winchester carbine, with a Colt 45 pistol strapped to his hip.

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