Imagine buying a photograph at a junk shop for $2 and then finding out that the picture was of a famous old west outlaw and was worth $5,000,000. Western Americana and Rare Coin experts, Kagin’s, Inc., has authenticated and will be the exclusive seller of a newly discovered photo featuring the legendary gunman, Billy the Kid.

The picture was purchased for $2 along with other items at a Fresno junk shop in 2010, and was the subject of a documentary produced and narrated by Kevin Costner. The two-hour documentary aired on Sunday, October 18th on National Geographic Channel.

The 4×5 inch tintype not only depicts Billy the Kid, but several members of his gang, The Regulators, playing a leisurely game of croquet alongside friends, family, and lovers in the late summer of 1878. The only other known photograph of Billy the Kid is a portrait of the outlaw taken in Fort Sumner, NM in 1880. That 2×3 inch tintype brought $2.3 million in 2010.

The Billy the Kid Croquet Match Tintype has been appraised and insured for $5,000,000. Thank you to Kagin's Coins & Collectibles for giving me permission to use this historic photo.

Billy The Kid Closeup
Courtesy of Kagin's Coins & Collectibles

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