Auction tells of excessive wealth
The Kansas City Star
Auction prices of guns strangely tell how a few people possess an excessive amount of wealth.
On Sunday, bank robber Butch Cassidy’s Colt .45-caliber single action Army revolver sold at a Southern California auction for $175,000 to a private seller.
Two guns from bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, also known as Bonnie and Clyde, along with 134 items went on the auction block in New Hampshire. Bonnie’s .38-caliber handgun, which she had taped to her thigh when she was killed in 1934, sold for $264,000, and Clyde’s .45-caliber automatic went for $240,000.
In all, the 134 artifacts, including from other notorious notables such as John Dillinger, Al Capone and Pretty Boy Floyd, brought in $1.1 million.
It is odd that weapons used by popular outlaws when banks were hated and the gap between rich and poor was enormous in the early 20th century are the keepsakes now of the rich when the gap between rich and poor is huge again and banks once more are hated.