Butch Cassidy photo to start at $7,500 in Heritage Wild West auction

An important photograph of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch has come up for sale in Heritage Auctions' Legends of the Wild West Signature Auction, to be held on November 8 in Dallas.

Why Butch Cassidy is pictured with a sheriff is unclear - the two seemingly at odds - but that man would later lose his pants when visiting the Robber's Roost, Cassidy's canyon hideout

The photograph, which has been published as part of the Last of the Bandit Riders, a book by Matt Warner - an outlaw who rode with Butch Cassidy.

Bidding starts at $7,500, with Heritage stating: "This important photo of both [Cassidy and the Sundance Kid] would be a prize acquisition for any serious Western collector."

The photograph's provenance is unknown, but its caption in the book reads, "Saloon in Green River, Utah, where Matt Warner and his friends sometimes gathered. The man sitting before the front door is Sheriff Tom Forbes, who was sent out of the Robber's Roost without his pants. In the chair next to the tree is Butch Cassidy, and leaning against the tree is Harry Longabaugh, notorious bandit."

Longabaugh is better known as the Sundance Kid, Cassidy's famous sidekick. Cassidy's real name was Robert Leroy Parker.

Also featuring in the sale is a letter written for George Armstrong Custer by an aide, which sees Custer recommending a "good Indian" as a "valuable scout and trailer."

The letter, signed by Custer on March 29, 1869, identifies the bearer as "an Osage Warrior. He accompanied command on the late winter's campaign and marches, and participated in the battle of the 'Washita'."

The letter would have been carried by Custer's "good Indian" at all times, and is in remarkably good condition considering its usage. Bidding starts at $6,000.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has an authentic strand of hair from Apache leader Geronimo for sale - get closer to the great Native American leader than ever before.

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