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Wyatt Earp's firearms and memorabilia headlining July 31 auction

Famous and sometime infamous lawman Wyatt Earp left behind an unmatched Old West legacy, represented in revolvers and memorabilia during J. Levine's "Summer Quarterly Auction," set for July 31.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp’s Colt pocket revolver and Marlin shotgun are among hundreds of items that will be auctioned Thursday, July 31 at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale.

The high-end “Summer Quarterly Auction” also includes an historic 1884 Dodge City photo of Wyatt Earp and others bearing several famous signatures, life-size Dee Flagg sculptures of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Daniel Boone, a W. Herbert Dunton oil painting, a Diego Rivera watercolor and more. The public can preview items on Wed., July 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again starting at 4 p.m. on Thurs., July 31 before the auction begins at 6 p.m.

Earp Lightning - photo credit Noel Winters

The auction also includes fine European art, antiques, jewelry and other collectibles from multiple estates. Josh Levine, J. Levine’s owner and auctioneer, said the Wyatt Earp guns and other items came to the auction house as a result of J. Levine’s April 17 auction, which featured several Earp family guns and memorabilia, attracting more than 6,000 bidders from 49 countries.

“Our summer auction rivals our April auction, and could be bigger considering it features such a diverse mix of rare historical items and museum-quality art and antiques,” Josh Levine said. “Interested bidders can check out our catalog online now to view the items, and if you can’t attend in person, be sure to watch as we stream the auction live on our website.”

Items expected to cause a bidding frenzy on July 31 include:

• Wyatt Earp’s 1877 Colt Pocket Revolver: Serial #37318 and as listed by former mayor of Tremont, IL. Estimated value between $40,000 and $60,000. Includes all authentication documentation.

Wyatt Earp - photo credit Ron Plasse

• Wyatt Earp’s 1895 Marlin Shotgun: Serial # 170869 and as listed by the nephew of Wyatt Earp, Bill Miller. Estimated value between $50,000 and $75,000. Includes authentication documentation from Tombstone Heritage Museum.

• Wyatt Earp Dodge City Photograph circa 1884. A historic, large albumen photograph in the wild frontier town of the Old West, Dodge City, KS, during the height of the cattle trade. The photograph also bears the signatures of
William Matthew Tilghman Jr., Wyatt Earp, W. F. Petillon, Neal Brown, Luke Short and Bill Doolin. Estimated value between $10,000 and $15,000.

• Dee Flagg Life-Size Sculptures of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Daniel Boone: Estimated value between $30,000 and $50,000 each. Dee Flagg was a world-renowned wood carver who spent many years living and working in Scottsdale. In 2003, an antique dealer bought a broken trailer at a storage unit auction for $75, only to find it full of Flagg’s oil paintings, wood carvings, sketches and more. A living relative of Flagg’s disputed the windfall and it was determined that the two parties sell and split the proceeds. The current owner of Flagg’s collection is Gary Martinson, of Bison Homes/Bison Museum.

• “Elk in the Aspens” W. Herbert Dunton painting: Estimated value between $200,000 and $250,000. This original 16” by 12” oil painting comes well documented with a letter of authenticity from Michael Grauer, a leading expert on Dunton’s work. One of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915, Dunton was best known for painting the untamed West before it disappeared. His paintings have sold for as much as $800,000 and a similar painting of mule deer and does sold in 2007 in Idaho for more than $400,000.

Earp Marlin 1 - Photo credit Noel Winters

• “Women in the Marketplace” Diego Rivera painting: Estimated value between $20,000 and $30,000. This original 12”x14” watercolor painting comes with a certificate of authenticity from Carlos Noyola Fuentes, Buhardilla and the Meridith-Kelly Fine Art Gallery. Diego Rivera was a famous Mexican painter and muralist married to fellow artist Frida Kahlo.

Auctions are subject to a 15 percent Buyers Premium (18 percent for Internet and phone bidders). Live online bidding can be accessed through or through For information, or call (480) 496-2212.