Billy the Kid ~ Worth More Dead or Alive ~ Photo brings $2.3M

A  tiny little dark peice of tin the size of a business card, and  if you looked real close at a slight angle, you could make out an old vintage charachter holding a rifle believed to be the only real photograph of Billy the Kid.  I attended the auction last evening and witnessed the spectacle of this little photograph be auctioned at $100,000 increments until it hammered down to collector William Koch for $2.3 million which includes the 15% buyers premium. It is being reported that billionaire collector Bill Koch was not only the successful bidder on the Billy photo, but he was seen strolling through the trade show on Friday and Saturday purchasing fine cowboy collectibles and vintage photographs from several different dealers.

The 2 day trade show specializes in vintage  cowboy and Indian art and antiques. The display booths were buzzing with activity and sales happening with regularity at my booth and with others around the show complex this weekend. Many fine paintings by artists such as William Edgar Paxson, Ace Powell, Birger Sandzen, Olaf C. Seltzer, Charles Partridge Adams, and many others were to be seen at one of the biggest and most important western americana shows in the country, Brian Lebel’s Denver Old West Show and Auction at the Denver Merchandise Mart every June.

If you have any old west or Indian collectibles for sale, or would like a discreet evaluation, please feel free to contact Mike Raunig at 303-829-4055 or via email at

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