FOUND > $10 Flea Market Photo, Worth Millions

Outlaw Billy the Kid posed with Sheriff Pat Garrett

Photo of Outlaw Billy the Kid with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

December 20, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

FLETCHER, NORTH CAROLINA – A man bought an old photograph of five cowboys at a flea market, for $10. Experts say the picture includes Billy the Kid, along with Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed him. They also say it may be worth millions.

THE DISCOVERY

Reportedly, in 2011, the Old West tintype photo was on display at Smiley's Flea Market in Fletcher, when it caught the eye of Frank Abrams, a history enthusiast. He paid $10 for it, then unknowingly hung it on a wall in a spare room, where he displayed it, for years.

In 2015, Abrams caught a news story about the discovery of a tintype, of Billy the Kid playing croquet. That photo, purchased in a thrift store for $2, had been verified, and was estimated to be worth $5 million. ABC News reported on the discovery in the video posted below.

The news ignited Abrams interest. He began researching everything related to Billy the Kid. That's when he began noticing similarities between his picture, Billy, and others in the photograph.

Among the others, he noticed a striking resemblance to the infamous Wild West outlaws, Dirty Dave Rudabaugh and Barney Mason. As well as Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who would kill Billy in 1881. All known associates of Billy. Abrams describes his discovery in the following Associated Press video.

 

WHY'S IT RARE?

There are very few known photos of Billy the Kid. Those found, have had to pass through a tremendous amount of vetting, involving scientific test and forensic examinations, in order to establish their authenticity.

Interest in Billy the Kid photos really started soaring in June, 2011. That's when an authenticated tintype of Billy was auctioned at Brian Lebel's 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction in Denver, Colorado.

The photo, in the video below, had a pre-sale estimate of $300,000-$400,000. However, it ended up fetching $2.3 million after a bidding-war ensued, ending with billionaire businessman William Koch prevailing.

 

MORE OUT THERE?

There could be more photos out there. In a 2015 episode of American pickers (Season 10, Episode 22) Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, met a man who claims to have a Billy the Kid photo.

The photo, shown in the video below, was bought in 1979. Reportedly it came from Pauline Garrett, Pat Garrett's daughter, and features Billy with a friend.

If you think you've found something, you may want to check with the experts located on our free appraisals page. Because it's usually the smallest of details making the biggest differences in rare item prices. Always best to have a qualified expert taking a look.

TOP TINTYPES ONLINE

See if you can to spot a bargain among tintypes listed online, on ebay (research prices). Also see; Top 25: Collectible Photos on ebay, worldwide, right now (links open on ebay).


Civil War Tintype Photo Confederate Infantry Soldier w/ Revolver, Sword, & Rifle

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CIVIL WAR SOLDIER HAT FEATHERS RED CORD 14th REG CO C or G GOLD EPAULETS TINTYPE

High Bid: $222.50
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~*~WOW~*~ UNION CIVIL WAR SOLDIER TINTYPE PHOTO **COMIC POSE**

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RARE TINTYPE OF A GIRL HOLDING A MILLINERS MODEL DOLL - ID'ED "EVA" CIRCA 1860'S

High Bid: $115.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
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QUARTER-PLATE TINTYPE INFANTRY SOLDIER HOLDING MUSKET/RIFLE, GREAT BACK DROP

High Bid: $102.59
Bids: 11
Time Left:
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ANTIQUE CIVIL WAR SOLDIER TINTYPE FULL CASE.

High Bid: $66.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
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OCCUPATIONAL TINTYPE PHOTO OF 2 WHEELWRIGHTS CARPENTERS WITH WHEEL & WOOD PLANES

High Bid: $52.00
Bids: 13
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26 Tintype Daguerreotype Melainotype Ferrotype Photos Pictures Photography

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Bids: 3
Time Left:
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High Bid: $49.99
Bids: 1
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Antique Civil War Tintype Photo Soldier Uniform

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Bids: 3
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LARGE TINTYPE MAN WITH PHOTO LOCKET OF YOUNG LADY PINNED TO HIS CHEST

High Bid: $42.00
Bids: 4
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Antique Hand Tinted B&W Tintype / Ambrotype Photograph of Creepy Children

High Bid: $41.59
Bids: 9
Time Left:
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ANTIQUE AMERICAN Four Young Men BROTHERS Holding Guns Shotguns TINTYPE PHOTO

High Bid: $40.25
Bids: 12
Time Left:
1d 10h 24m


Abbott's Pocket Portrait Chicago Tintype Ferrotype

High Bid: $40.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
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Antique Tintype Of Group Calvary Or Marshals, Civil War

High Bid: $36.00
Bids: 5
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Antique Miniature GEM Tintype Lot with African American Family Portrait Tintype

High Bid: $28.00
Bids: 11
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Antique Tintype Photo Civil War Era Band Members Musical Instruments Musicians

High Bid: $26.88
Bids: 8
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CIVIL WAR ERA SOLDIER, TINTYPE, 1860's IN CASE.

High Bid: $26.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
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TINTYPE ANTIQUE BUTTON, 1800s Young Woman Photograph Set in Metal, Medium

High Bid: $26.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
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Lot Of 5 Tintype Postmortem?? Photos

High Bid: $24.99
Bids: 1
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Tintypes Album

High Bid: $24.99
Bids: 1
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Antique Tintype Photo In Book Case

High Bid: $22.50
Bids: 2
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Bids: 1
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Antique Tintype Photo, a Kitty Cat at Rest on Table, w. Gold Metal Frame

High Bid: $21.95
Bids: 1
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1860’s 2 TINTYPES - CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, ATHLETE (?) - UMBRELLA/CLUB (?)

High Bid: $20.05
Bids: 2
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