A note written by the outlaw Billy the Kid will be up for auction at Guernsey’s in the coming week. Signed WH Bonney, it says time is short. Estimates put the letter at between $10,000 and $15,000 but with people like William Koch of the Koch brothers willing to pay $2.3 million for the only remaining photograph of Billy the Kid, you just never know.
The full letter says..
“Santa Fe New Mexico March 21st .81 Gov: Lew Wallace Dear Sir Time is short now. Will you meet me as you promised. Please respond by return bearer. I ask for a few moments. Time is short. Yours Respt WH Bonney”
Update: the Billy the Kid letter ended up selling for $32,500.. hardly enough to keep a greedy banker happy!
Here’s the letter..
It’s part of a failed Western museum collection that was being put together by Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed. The city is strapped for cash and is selling everything that isn’t nailed down to keep the banks happy.
This is the Billy the Kid photo that was bought by Billy the Billionaire in 2011 for $2.3 million. Bill Koch owns the 7th most expensive photograph to be sold. It’s a tiny 2 by 3 inch ferrotype that is a little rough around the edges but it’s the only picture that all the experts agree is authentic.
If you go to the Guernsey’s Auction website here and click through to the Harrisburg auction, and then the Live Auctioneers link you can see the other wild west items up for sale. The Billy the Kid letter is being sold on day 2.
Looking through the other items (I love looking through online auctions!) I found this little beauty..
An old Wells Fargo Blickensderfer No. 5 Typewriter! How freaking cool is that? The estimate on it is $1000 – $1500. I think it’s a thing of beauty