Billy the Kid Tintype Sells for $2.3 Million

In an auction in Denver, Colorado, the only known photograph of Billy the Kid recently sold for $2.3 million. The buyer was William Koch, one of the Koch brothers who owns Koch Industries.

The photo was sold at Brian Lebel’s Annual Old West Show & Auction and brought a record price for the auction, selling for six times the original estimate.

The photo was given by Billy the Kid to a friend and the photo stayed in the friend’s family until the sale. The photo was taken circa 1880 in Sumner, New Mexic0. The photo is believed to have been taken just a year or so before Billy the Kid was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett.