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  • Tom Horn's Winchester rifle could see $175,000 in Old West auction
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    Paul Fraser
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Tom Horn's Winchester rifle could see $175,000 in Old West auction

Old West scout Tom Horn's Winchester rifle is one of the many highlights of Brian Lebel's High Noon Show & Auction on January 24-25 in Arizona.

Charles M Russell letter
The Charles M Russell letter references buried treasure, and shows an illustration of drunken cowboys



The show will feature 150 dealers in Western memorabilia, with over 350 lots offered at the auction. Horn's Winchester Model 1894 is the highest valued lot at $125,000-175,000.

Tom Horn was a renowned Old West scout, gunman, range detective and soldier, but is perhaps best known for the 17 murders he is thought to have committed as a hired gunman. He was hung in 1902 for the murder of a 14-year-old boy following a range dispute.

However, debate remains as to his innocence, and his autobiography, Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter, continues to fascinate collectors with several editions published throughout the 20th century.

Also featuring in the sale is a fantastic illustrated letter sent by Western artist Charles M Russell to one of the first stars of Western films Harry Carey. Coming direct from the Carey family, it's valued at $90,000-115,000.

A large selection of Native American artefacts will also star, with a Plains beaded men's warshirt from the 1880s expected to realise $35,000-45,000. That estimate is shared by a Cheyenne beaded baby cradle.

An unusual addition to the sale is what the company described as "the most complete and impressive collection of antique poker chips known to exist", which is being sold as a single lot for $70,000-90,000.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • Horn'srifleTomWinchester