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Butch Cassidy's gun auctioned in California

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

A gun owned by outlaw Butch Cassidy was sold at an auction in California for $175,000.

The .45-caliber Colt Single Action Army revolver was sold to an anonymous online buyer, according to Seattle Pi.

It came with a black leather shoulder holster and two binders with documents which confirm the weapon’s authenticity.

Cassidy reportedly purchased the revolver at a store in Utah in 1896. He surrendered it to authorities in 1900 when he unsuccessfully attempted to obtain amnesty. This led to the weapon being christened the "Amnesty Colt."

"This is as interesting as anything we’ve done historically," said auctioneer John Eubanks, prior to the sale, according to the Standard-Examiner. "Stuff from figures such as Butch Cassidy and Billy the Kid are very sought-after today because they are real American history."

He was played by Paul Newman in the classic western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Robert Redford played his partner Sundance (born Harry Longabaugh). The two allegedly died in 1908 during a shootout in Bolivia, although some say Cassidy made his way back to the U.S.

 
 

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