September 28th, 2012
09:01 AM ET

Bonnie and Clyde's guns go up for auction

If you happen to be a crime aficionado and have a bunch of extra cash on lying around you just might have a chance to nab two very historic weapons.

The guns recovered from the bodies of notorious gangster couple Bonnie and Clyde are expected to fetch more than $100,000 each at an auction on Sunday, an auction official said.

The Colt .45 was found in Clyde Barrow's waistband, and the .38-caliber Colt was strapped to one of Bonnie Parker's legs on May 23, 1934, when they were killed in an ambush near Gibsland, Louisiana.

"This is one of the finest Bonnie and Clyde collections you will ever see," said Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire. "We expect the guns should sell anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000. But really the sky is the limit for these types of guns."

In January, a submachine gun and shotgun reportedly seized at one of Bonnie and Clyde's hideouts was sold by a Kansas City auction firm for $130,000 and $80,000, respectively, The Joplin Globe reported.

According to the website for RR Auction, the Colt Model 1911 U.S. Army pistol was Barrow's "personal pistol." When police officers searched the car Bonnie and Clyde were driving when they were gunned down, they found many weapons, including nine other Colts, but this was the one he favored, Livingston said.

An extra clip for bullets is included, along with a letter from Frank Hamer Jr., the son of one of the Texas Rangers who killed the notorious couple.

Parker's .38 was taped to her inner thigh, Livingston said.

"My father said that one reason she had the gun taped to the inside of her leg was that, in those days, no gentlemen officer would search a woman where she had it taped," a letter from Hamer states, according to the auction site.

Livingston told CNN that part of Hamer's fee for tracking and killing Bonnie and Clyde was the promise he could take some of their possessions, which he split with other posse members and police officers from Louisiana.

"This is a well-known gun in Texas as it was displayed in several major museums (including the LBJ Library in Austin) for a two-year exhibition in the early 1980s," the RR Auction listing reads. "There can be no other gun with a closer association to Bonnie Parker than the one taped to her body at her death."

Before the guns could be auctioned off the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms had to make them legally compliant.

"ATF understands the importance of this historically significant firearm," Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division," said in a press release.

ATF said that all proceeds from an open house before the auction will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The auction also includes items, including his pocket watch, from the estate of Clyde's sister, Marie Barrow, a release from the auction company said.

Potential bidders can register at the, Livingston said. The live auction will contain more than 100 lots of gangster-related items.

Bonnie and Clyde, whose legend grew larger through the years in song and film, went on a crime spree in 1932 that lasted 21 months during the height of the Great Depression, according to They robbed small-town banks and gas stations throughout the Southwest.

According to the FBI's website, Barrow murdered at least 12 people, but Parker "probably never fired a shot."

soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. PaganObservation

    If only I were rich. I, for one, have been fascinated by the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Would be great to own a piece of history.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Arthurrrr

      oh really?? and why s that!!!

      September 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HistorianMInd

    "They robbed small-town banks and gas stations throughout the Southwest." That's the old era.

    Now, the banks and oil companies robbed us throughout the United States.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • barbara

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT!! THE bigger fishe will always eat the little fish! UNTIL we figure away out. REMEMBER little fishes are many, and can beat the big fish if we stick together. People dont want to realize that for those of us that believe in the word of GOD the prophecy is coming more and more fullfilled, every has to learn to swim. GET IT!! Just put some money under your pillow! Banks are thieves and thugs and the government knows it and will back em up! SHAME on THEM!!

      September 28, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Rynomite

      Which myt..erm prophecies are being fullfilled exactly?

      September 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    I wouldn't waste my money on this. If I had that kind of money lying around, I'd buy an Enigma machine.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. barbara

    What a shame for this couple they were meant for each other. They were bandits and murderers, althought it was in the Great Depression, this is the lifestyle they enjoy, doing nothing but, robbing others. They got what they sought. YOU grow crops in a good field and you will get good fruits. BUt if you sow bad things you will forfeit your life, they have nothing but, death and still today they are thought off, "THEY LEFT A NAME FOR THEMSELVES", but noth in the BOOK o Life, May God forgive them! THATS ALL!! NOW This generation is making big bucks easier than they did.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    I suppose whosoever buys those guns will immediatly start robbing banks too huh?

    September 28, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • lindaluttrell

      They should be donated to WH13...

      September 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    i hate this

    September 28, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • you

      i like this

      September 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • a dog named boo


      September 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SuckItUp


    September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TODAY

    There is enough rich and stupid people who will spend fortune on this

    September 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marc

    "Before the guns could be auctioned off the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms had to make them legally compliant." So they took and mutilated historical pieces, and now they're auctioning them off for way more then they're worth because they mutilated them...

    September 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NudeTruth

    No thanks, I've my own.

    September 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Which was the one Warren Beatty owned?

    September 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    It appears that the clock stopped at " 4:20 " , hmm ? Perhaps they're judgement was slightly clouded ?

    September 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Realdirect

    Only America, would glorify criminals.......

    September 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Have you checked out who the Islamic world has been glorifying lately?

      September 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. conwell2549

    Wonder how the relatives of the victims like looking at some weapons that most likely took their loved ones life

    September 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sybaris

    "An extra clip for bullets is included"

    Amatuer. It's called a magazine not a clip.

    September 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      Well, you could have spelled it amature and that would have looked a little funnier.

      September 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Amateur! Lol...

      September 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • conwell2549

      It is called a clip. M-16 can hold a 20 rd clip and 30 rd clip

      September 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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