The guns of famous Arizona lawman Wyatt Earp were sold in an auction on Thursday night in Scottsdale, Arizona. J. Levine Auction & Appraisal held this auction which also included other items belong to Wyatt Earp and his family.
The auction’s top selling item was a Colt .45-caliber revolver that was said to be used by Wyatt Earp during the famous shootout at O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. A phone bidder bought this revolver for $225,000 that is far more than its estimated pre-auction price of $150,000.
"I think we crushed it," said Josh Levine, owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal. "I was happy the fair market really decided what these items were worth. I had no idea whether these items were going to sell."
Other noted items sold during the auction include Earp's Winchester lever-action shotgun which was sold for $50,000; Earp's lawman grandfather's Remingtonball and cap revolver which got sold for $12,000. John Anderson was the man who bought all these three items and also the archive of Wyatt Earp's author Glenn Boyer for $55,000.
"That's irreplaceable information that is a part of Southwest history," Anderson told USAToday. "It shouldn't leave the state."
Wyatt Earp's brother's Colt revolver was also sold during this auction for $37,500. Over 6,400 online bidders and 400 collectors took part in this auction. J. Levine Auction & Appraisal officials gathered more than $445,000 by selling Wyatt Earp items that actually belonged to the estate of Glenn Boyer.
Glenn Boyer was a resident of Tucson, Ariz. He died in February 2013. He wrote many books on Wyatt Earp. However, some people questioned the authenticity of Wyatt Earp's items. But many collectors think that Boyer is a worthy researcher.