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January 16, 2014 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Case Antiques in Knoxville will later this month be auctioning an antique pistol that is believed to have belonged to Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous outlaws.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were criminals who travelled around the US with a gang between 1931 and 1934. A number of police officers and civilians were killed by the gang, and the two were eventually shot by law officers in Louisiana.

The story was immortalised by the film ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ made by Arthur Penn.

The pistol is a Colt Model 1902 and was discovered by the coroner among the folds of the skirt Bonnie was wearing when she died. The gun was given to Dr Robert Dawson Hightower, who later passed the piece to his son, Bob Hightower. The pistol held six bullets when found, which are also included in Lot 404.

Photos which were taken by the assistant of the coroner will also be included in the sale. According to Bob, he hopes that someone will:

“[…] buy it and appreciate it for what it is”.

Whoever purchases the pistol at auction will likely pay an additional sum, the buyer’s premium, making the pistol more expensive than if bought at a dealer. To display the historic item to its full advantage, the purchaser may be considering furniture from the same period, such as an antique cabinet. Cumbria has a number of antiques dealers, many with cabinets on display.

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