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. Obama Mama

    @Mary I have tried twice and this is the third time I have tried to answer your question. Yes I saw the The chamber, I did not remember the name and had to check it out to make sure. lol Gene Hackman was good in that also.

    September 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. capone IV

    See here now suckas........bonnie was a man and clyde was a who does the pink 45 auto belog to?

    September 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ma & pa

    me and you and... we should have stayed at 118 and shielded ours.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    @ Mama, LOL I Think this is gonna be a Hackman weekend for me. And he doesn't look bad as a women either, eh! (The Birdcage)

    September 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obama Mama

    @mary just came back on. I have had trouble posting the last few times on here. Maybe I will be banished from the CNN kingdom.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I highly doubt it Mama! 🙂 I do enjoy your posts. We also seem to have lost some of the bloggers who you could actually have serious discussions with and not get into personal mud-slinging games.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Addendum; Where is Joey ? Some one knows and obviously NOT telling... whats going on? Also @ saywhat! I don't see you posting as much either... Get the LEAD out and come back here ! lol 😉

      September 29, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jo Gordon

    What a waste of money

    September 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leroy

    they were the good guys

    September 29, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Forget the colts, Bonnie's BAR (not mentioned in the story) would kick butt even today. That's the gun I'd be looking for.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mark Silva

    I always remember actor "warren Beatty"
    in the movie " Bonnie & Clyde"
    with actress "Fay Dunaway" as "Bonnie
    Parker"!! Good Movie"!!
    I remember in grammer school, one class dressed this Cute Blonde Girl i always had a crush on forever !! :)) her name was Holly,
    Barrett ;)) she had a fake cigar and a,
    Tommy Gun in her arms!! She looked
    amazing !! ;)) Better than Fay Dunaway !!!
    Our Class was out side when her Cute rendition!!! Of "Bonnie Parker"!! "Holly,
    Barrett had the most beautiful Blue Eyes very fair skin and the most Beautiful Blonde,
    Hair !!! <3 and she had a younger brother that looked like her! except he was a boy.
    This is my story!! America!! about the day i fell in "LOVE" with "Bonnie Parker" ;))
    Who went to my school !! <3
    ( From: Mark Silva )

    September 29, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Cute, soooooo cute.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      It would be a good idea for you to return to school, Mark.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ Ted, Ya know Ted... I'll take Marks lack of Diction over your lack of seeing a man recount a gentle and reminiscent story of a little girl from his past that is remembered fondly.
      In other wards... you may want to return to school for a lesson in humility !

      September 29, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mark Silva

    I Liked The Movie "Bonnie & Clyde"!!
    Starring "Warren Beatty & Fay Dunaway"!!!

    September 29, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      We get it Mark... We get it ! Lol 😉
      That is one of my all time favorites as well.
      Paper Moon
      The French Connection
      The God Father 1 and 2
      Dog-day Afternoon

      Star Wars 4, 5, and 6 but will ALWAYS be known to those of us who see them as the first in an Opus of George lucas.:)

      Surely there is more to my list but I'll stop here.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Mark Silva:
    One never really forgets their first crush, do they?

    Favorite movie (and book also, if anyone cares, lol) is "To Kill A Mockingbird".

    September 29, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Trent

    Great stuff

    September 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WolverineState

    How about putting in a national museum the weapons local law enforcement had to use to "combat" these THUGS! Something smells here!

    September 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bonnie craton

    help what is happing i have no way to communicate with anyone.please help me i am controlled totally .i cant even get on a computer or my email. i have tried the majic but im being torchered to death. every nose but me it is im dying in this house in so much pain. never see anyone.i cant get to anyone help.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. davidson

    What makes you think the war criminals that have been running the government for the last few terms are any better.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
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