Wyatt Earp gun sells for $225,000 at auction

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A gun thought to have been carried
by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has
sold at auction for $225,000.
A telephone bidder in New Mexico made the winning bid for the Colt .45 revolver Thursday night.
auction of numerous items related to Earp and his family in Scottsdale,
Ariz., brought in more than $445,000, officials with J. Levine Auction
& Appraisal officials said.
The auction house initially valued the Colt between $100,000 and $150,000.
The items belonged to the estate of Glenn Boyer, an author of several books on Earp. Boyer died in
February 2013.
Some have questioned the items’ authenticity while others say Boyer was a credible researcher.
Levine, who heads the auction house, said the Colt comes with several
pages of documents testifying to its authenticity. The documents include
a notarized, sworn affidavit signed by Boyer in 1994. There is also a
letter from Colt that states the gun was made in the time period that
Earp lived.
A Chandler man spent $150,000 on a shotgun owned by Earp, a family archive and other items.
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