The shotgun used by Annie Oakley more than 100 years ago was recently sold at an auction in Dallas, Texas, for $293,000 (£179,000).
A gold charm worn by the sharp shooter was also purchased for $250,000 (£153,000). The items were sold through Heritage Auctions, according to a report by the Daily Mail. One reporter from NBC said:
“If you wanted to own an Annie Oakley artefact, this is as good as it gets.”
The 16-gauge Parker Brothers Hammer was used by the Ohio-born performer when she was just 25 years old and featuring in the Wild West travelling show of Buffalo Bill Cody. One of her most famous tricks was to shoot a card – and then proceed to hit the pieces as they fell. Oakley spent 20 years travelling with the show, including to Europe, where she performed for Kaiser Wilhelm II and Queen Victoria.
During one of the shows, she amazed the audience by shooting the dangling cigarette from the mouth of the Kaiser. Tom Slater of Heritage Auctioneers spoke of Annie Oakley, saying that she was famous for her shooting skills and may have been responsible for the success of Buffalo Bill’s travelling shows. Chief Sitting Bull named her Little Sure Shot.
The person who bought the shotgun may also be looking for an antique cabinet in which to display it– perhaps something from the same period. There are a number of dealers selling antique cabinets in Blackburn, which are suitable for displaying a range of objects.
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