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Infamous Bonnie’s pistol to be auctioned

posted 12/30/2013 7:46:16 PM |
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A pistol retrieved from the skirt of Bonnie Parker of the

Depression-era outlaw duo of Bonnie and Clyde as her bullet-riddled body was stripped for embalming in 1934 will go up for auction on Jan. 25 in Knoxville, Tenn.

“I don’t know that it gets any better than this,” said John Case, president of Case Antiques, Auctions & Appraisals, which is handling the sale. “I am not aware of a more-documented item from that time period.”

The semi-automatic .38-caliber Colt, complete with the clip and six bullets, has a pre-auction estimate of between $125,000 and $175,000, Case said.

The winning bidder will also receive historic photos and documentation of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s last stand, when the partners in life and crime were ambushed by law-enforcement officers in Louisiana.

The story of the desperadoes-turned-folk-heroes was celebrated in the 1967 Arthur Penn movie Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. The crime duo got fresh attention this winter in the A&E television miniseries Bonnie & Clyde.

Their weapons arsenal has attracted considerable interest in previous auctions.

A .45-caliber Thompson submachine gun and a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun seized by police after a shootout with Bonnie and Clyde in which two officers died fetched $130,000 and $80,000, respectively, at a 2012 auction in Missouri.

According to the affidavit accompanying the Colt pistol, Charles Francis “Boots” Bailey, an embalmer who handled Bonnie Parker’s body, gave the pistol to Robert Dawson Hightower, the 12-year-old son of his colleague, Vern Hightower, at Louisiana’s Conger Funeral Home.

Robert Hightower collected an affidavit signed by his mother, the wife of the

funeral-home director, and James Wade, the coroner who signed the death certificates for Barrow and Parker. A local judge witnessed the affidavit.

After Hightower died, the pistol was given to his son, who now lives near Knoxville.

The Columbus Dispatch

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Jan 1 @ 2:16PM  
That gun should have been turned over to the authorities and those items should actually be in a museum somewhere not in someone's private collection, Just my opinion but then again I don't understand why anyone would want to own a weapon that had killed people, Guess it takes all kinds and we sure do have the whole box of nuts in this country,

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