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Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill and Colonel Custer Artifacts Head to Auction

May. 30th, 2012 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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More than 300 artifacts from some of the most prominent names of American West history will go to auction in Dallas, Texas, at Heritage Auctions' Legends of the American West Signature event on June 10, 2012.

A 12 Gauge Parker Brothers Shotgun owned by sharpshooter Annie Oakley, a; a “Buffalo” Bill Cody-owned Remington .44 Revolver; artist John Mulvany’s circa 1881 Custer’s Last Rally; and the only known document signed by American explores Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are four of the more recognizable items to go to auction.

“There is immense collector buzz on this auction as we get closer to its date,” said Tom Slater, director of Americana Auctions of Heritage. “There has never been a more important, more thorough or more personal grouping of artifacts relating to these legendary names than what we will see at [the auction] on June 10.”

The revolver owned by “Buffalo” Bill Cody has a pre-auction estimate sales value of more than $200,000. The John Mulvany oil painting, which is on an 11-by-20 foot canvas, also is expected to fetch more than $200,000 at the auction. Annie Oakley’s shotgun is expected to garner more than $100,000.

Mr. Slater offered additional salient detail on the only known privately owned document signed by both Lewis and Clark. “Careful research confirms the Library of Congress doesn’t have anything, though there are possibly one or two land grants signed by both held in other institutional collections,” Slater said. “It is almost impossible to overstate the significance of this offering. Here’s a case where immense historical significance, profound human interest and extreme rarity come together to form a truly museum-quality treasure.” For more information on this auction, visit HA.com.
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