The image was taken 130 years ago. In this, the cowboy poses looking at the camera supported in his Winchester rifle. It is the only portrait which is considered authentic Billy’s child. A photograph taken about 130 years ago in which the legendary American cowboy Billy the kid poses standing looking at the camera supported in his Winchester rifle, won in auction for 2.3 million dollars, 1.62 billion euros. The sale occurred within an auction of objects of the old West, which US media reported, and held this Saturday in Denver (Colorado), United States of West. It is in fact the only portrait of the gunman who is considered authentic, and was taken through a rudimentary photographic technique that used metal plates. The auction of the photo, believed to be could reach 400,000 dollars (282,000 euros), it exceeded expectations and ended in the midst of a prolonged applause.
The event kicked off with five people bidding by the photo in question minutes, bids exceeded already the million dollar 704.600 euros). There is only a photograph of Billy the kid and I think that is the reason that has captured the popular imagination, said the spokeswoman for the annual auction of items from the old West (Old West Show & Auction) in declarations to the local press. The buyer, a businessman in Florida’s 71 years, claims to be passionate about the old American West. Randall Rothenberg has firm opinions on the matter. I plan to enjoy it and share it discreetly, said William Koch in statements that picks up the New York journal Daily News. Koch is credited with other unique pieces of the old West, including a rifle that belonged to general George Armstrong Custer, a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army who participated in the civil war.
Historians believe that Billy Boy, whose real name was Henry McCarty, became the photography in 1879 or 1880 in the town of Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The gunman gave the portrait to the family of a friend, Dan Dendrick, whose descendants retained it until now. The popular legend credited with 21 murders, though historians argue that the real figure is nine. The cowboy died on July 14, 1881 at age 21 from a shot in the stomach. Source of the news: A photograph of the legendary Billy the child, auctioned by 1.62 million euros