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  • Jesse James' gun belt to make $10,000 at Heritage?
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    Paul Fraser
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Jesse James' gun belt to make $10,000 at Heritage?

A gun belt once worn by US outlaw Jesse James (1847-1882) is coming to auction later in the month with a $10,000 minimum bid. 

The belt is one of many outlaw items that form the Wilbur Zink Collection, which will be sold on the first day of Heritage Auctions' Wild West Signature Auction in Dallas on June 22-23.

Jesse james gun belt
Jesse James’ gun belt comes with a note of provenance from onetime owner, Harry Hoffman

A rare cabinet-sized photo of Jesse is expected to make in advance of $2,500.

A violin gifted by one Jesse's fellow felons, Jim Younger, to a young girl, has a $10,000 starting bid.

Jesse James items have previously performed well at auction, with a wanted poster selling for $57,475 last year.

"Authentic outlaw material is genuinely rare," commented Tom Slater, Heritage's director of historical and Americana auctions.

"A grouping like this, with material that has never been offered, is a very special thing - we hope people can appreciate the magnitude of its being presented all at once. This is a once-in-a-generation auction."

The Wild West Signature Auction will also feature a navy wool bib shirt worn by General Custer, which is expected to make $25,000+.

We have an authentic strand of hair from Geronimo in stock.

  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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