Rare Bonnie and Clyde guns up for auction
Nashua, NH, United States (4E) – The guns of Bonnie and Clyde, the bandit lovers who became famous during America’s public enemy era and who died violently in a hail of gunfire 80 years ago, are set to be auctioned in New Hampshire on September 30.
The highlights of the auction, coordinated by RR Auction, is a snub-nosed .38 special revolver, nicknamed “the squat gun”, because Bonnie Parker was squatting on it when it was found taped to her inner thigh and the Colt .45 semiautomatic pistol found attached in Clyde Barrow’s waistband after being ambushed and shot dead by Texas Ranger Captain Frank Hamer and his posse in Louisiana in 1934.
RR Auction vice president Bobby Livingston said that the guns are well known in the marketplace, to Bonnie and Clyde collectors, and to Hamer.”
Livingston said the starting bids are $75,000 and they are hoping to bring in $150,000 for each of the guns, which are verifiable through a provenance paper trail.
Other items that were found in Barrow and Parker’s stolen car after the massacre are also up for bid including blood-stained silk stockings, a makeup kit, a gold pocket watch and a silver dollar that was later owned by Mafia boss Paul Castellano.
RR Auction will hold the sale Sunday at the Crowne Hotel in Nashua. The sellers’ names will remain confidential.
Past successful auctions of the couple’s items include Barrow’s bloodstained shirt was auctioned for $85,000 and a submachine gun from one of their hideouts sold for $130,000 and earlier this year, a shotgun went for $80,000.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Barrow and Parker were wanted for kidnapping, auto theft, robbery, burglary and 13 murders nationwide, including the death of two police officers. FBI, a fledgling agency during the couple’s crime spree, was able to track them down through its sole area of jurisdiction, interstate auto theft.