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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    This Spanish Colonial Monstrance is estimated to be worth $3,000 to $4,000. It is one of thousands of items that were intended for a museum in bankrupt Harrisburg, Pa. on the auction block. Years ago, Mayor Stephen Reed hoped to create a museum of the American West and used millions in public funds to buy artifacts of the Old West. The state capital filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
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  • Bankrupt Town's Wild West Auction

    As part of the multi-day auction, the highlight on July 16 was a "Theodore Roosevelt Cased Gun Set", which sold for $118,750, including buyer's premium. It was estimated to be worth between $10,000 and $15,000.
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  • Bankrupt Town's Wild West Auction

    Wyatt Earp's rifle/shotgun sold for $23,750 on July 17 as part of an auction in Harrisburg, Pa. that is selling items that were intended for a never-opened Old West museum. The item description states: "Allen and Wheelock Model. Combination Rifle/Shotgrun Steel crescent buttplate with faint engraving on top of buttplate. Action is finely engraved as are hammers. Hammer and triggers operate."
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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    Guernsey's states, "For various reasons, the Old West museum that the Mayor dreamt of was never built. The staggering collection he amassed on behalf of the City - consisting of more than 8,000 antiques, artifacts, firearms, and rare documents - has languished in Harrisburg's storage facilities." This early wagon wheel bench is esimated to be worth $300 to $400 and will be auctioned July 19.
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  • Bankrupt Town's Wild West Auction

    Wyatt Earp's pistol sold for $43,750, including buyer's premium, on July 17. Presented to him in Alaska, where, in years after leaving Tombstone, Ariz., he moved to open a saloon and gaming tables in the Gold Rush towns, the gun is accompanied by a letter from a man who acquired it during the Alaska earthquakes. A label reads "To Wyatt Earp Welcome From The Citizens Committe of Nome".
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  • Bankrupt Town's Wild West Auction

    A pistol of a Jesse James gang member Bill Chadwell sold for $34,375 on July 17. On Sept. 7, 1876, Jesse James' gang failed an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Minnesota at Northfield. The first gang member to be shot dead in the street was Chadwell. His pistol was given to the bank's president and shown in his office as a reminder of the consequences of robbery.
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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    Lyndon B. Johnson's Stetson hat is estimated to be worth $10,000 to $15,000. In its original carrying case from 1969, this custom made hat is gold stamped inside with: "Made especially for Lyndon B. Johnson" (within an emblem of the State of Texas). He wore the hat from the time he assumed office and during press conferences during the Vietnam War.
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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    Found at The Battle of Little Big Horn, this original spurs tin case has a faintly visible 7th Cavalry insignia of crossed swords and 7 at the top. The item is estimated at $400 to $600. The shank of each spur is in the form of a cockerel or phoenix head, and the rowel a multi-pointed round star. A layer of leather provided a buffer for the boot heel when the spur was screwed in.
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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    To be auctioned July 19, the warrant for the arrest of Jesse James is estimated to be worth $4,000 to $6,000. Issued by the State of Missouri to the Sheriff or Marshal of Jackson County. It reads in part: "Jesse James charged with the crime of Robbery of the first degree....Now therefore, Charles H. Hardin Governor of the State of Missouri by this warrant do authorize you to arrest...Jesse James."
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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    The Harrisburg Auction began July 15 and ends July 21, hosted by Guernsey's. This letter signed by W. H. Bonney "Billy the Kid" is estimated to be worth $10,000 to $15,000 and will be auctioned July 20. The letter reads, "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."
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  • Harrisburg, Pa. Holds Old West Auction

    This six point frame sheriff badge encases an 1883 Liberty Head $20 gold piece that is estimated to be worth $1,200 to $1,400. John Harris Behan was the first sheriff of Tombstone, Ariz. Territory in 1881. He testified against U.S. Deputy Marshall Wyatt Earp and his brothers over the shootout at the OK Corral that year. The frame has granular gold in the leaflets. It goes on sale July 19.
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