Buffalo Bill's show jacket to see $20,000 with Morphy Auctions?

A jacket worn by legendary Wild West showman Buffalo Bill will sell through Morphy Auctions.

Buffalo Bill show jacket
The jacket dates to around 1904, when Buffalo Bill visited Cornwall, UK



The ornate jacket is part of the Dan Hardesty Wild West Museum auction, to be held on October 31-November 2 at the Pennsylvania auction house.

Valued at $15,000-20,000, the leather coat was worn during Buffalo Bill's visit to Cornwall, England in 1904, after he started touring Europe following a decline in popularity in the US. It is decorated with a black velvet trim and a large Indian head with headdress design on the back.

Buffalo Bill (real name William Cody) brought his entire show to the UK, including several legendary Wild West figures such as Annie Oakley and a number of Native Americans.

However, despite their success, the shows led to the death of several members of the cast through accident and disease.

The top lot of the sale at $20,000-25,000 is a hide-covered chest from the Ranch 101 Wild West Show, which contains a leather vest covered with the autographs of several cowboys, as well as leather chaps, cuffs, a single holster and other related lots.

Ranch 101 cowboy
Ranch 101 teamed up with Buffalo Bill for a series of Wild West shows



The Ranch 101 Wild West Show was led by Pawnee Bill, who later teamed up with Buffalo Bill to put on record breaking shows at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

However, the show reached England in the midst of the first world war and the British military confiscated most of the horses. They then toured Germany, where several Oglala Sioux performers were arrested on suspicion of being Serbian spies and were never seen again.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has an authentic strand of hair from Apache leader Geronimo for sale, as well as a fantastic Annie Oakley autograph.


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