Images of famed outlaw Billy the Kid are extremely rare to come by but an original poster was found and was purchased for $10.
Experts said that the photo—bought at a flea market—shows the outlaw standing near a lawman who would eventually shoot him.
The image was taken in August 1880 and shows him with a gang of men, including Sheriff Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid’s former friend who later killed him, MailOnline reported.
The rare picture was bought by history buff Frank Abrams, of North Carolina, according to WNCN.
“I said, ‘Oh my gosh, he looks like Pat Garrett,’” Abrams said after he started researching the image.
Sheriff in photo with Billy the Kid is likely his killer: experts https://t.co/JTosLkISbb
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“It’s incredible. … Five trips across the country, forensic experts, professors have looked at it, others have looked at it. … It’s … I’m ecstatic. I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world. To find this is a privilege,” Abrams said.
He said that the picture includes another outlaw, Dirty Dave Rudabaugh, who was captured alongside Billy the Kid.
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“People ask me all the time, what do you think it’s worth, what do you think it’s worth. I won’t put a price on it, quite frankly it’s priceless,” Abrams said.
But the photo could be worth millions, based on a prior sale of a Billy the Kid photo.
The only known picture of Billy the Kid, a gunfighter from the American Old West. It sold for 2.3 million dollars. pic.twitter.com/KUDcbH34jS
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In 2015, a photo of Billy the Kid, whose real name is William Bonney, playing croquet sold for millions. It had been originally purchased for $2. “I had just a couple of bucks left, and I found three photographs I liked, and of the three, the oldest tintype, I actually kind of chucked it back in the box,” collector Randy Guijarro said at the time.