FREDERICKSBURG, Texas – A pistol once owned by Mexican Revolutionary general Doroteo Arango Arambula (1878–1923), better known as “Pancho” Villa, sold for $19,800 at the Nov. 10-11 sale conducted by Frontier Times Western Auctions. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 10 percent.
The sale of documented firearms owned by famous Old West notables also included Belle Starr, Calamity Jane, Buck Garrett, Chris Madsen and Bill Tilghman.
“These are some of the most historically important guns that exist,” said Tom Burks, former curator of the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, who assisted in the sale. “It is one of the rarest things in the world for the artifacts of these notables to come together from all over the country.”
A double-barrel shotgun that belonged to lady outlaw Belle Starr (1848-1889) brought $18,700, while a pocket pistol engraved Martha Jane Cannary, the real name of frontierswoman and professional scout Calamity Jane (1852-1902) realized $12,000.
Belle Starr double-barrel shotgun, $18,700.
A single-action pistol carried by Carlo Hurtado, a bodyguard who was killed with Villa at the Parral assassination in 1923, sold for $3,740. Villa’s personal rifle reached $7,700.
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