Bidders buy Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia at gangster auction
NASHUA, N.H. (WHDH) -- At a gangster-themed auction, one collector spent more than half a million dollars for the guns Bonnie and Clyde were carrying when they were ambushed and killed by police in 1934.
“I think the fact the guns are staying together is profound and speaks to the relationship of bonnie and Clyde,” said Bobby Livington, who attended the auction.
An anonymous bidder spent $264,000 for Bonnie Parker's .38 revolver and $240,000 for Clyde Barrow's colt .45, the two prized pieces in Sunday’s auction in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia made up most of the 135 items up for bid in the auction.
“They’ve come to represent more than historical figures. Any time a man and woman commit a crime, they're always called the modern day Bonnie and Clyde, so they're really synonymous with inter-gender outlawry nowadays,” said historian, Jonathon Davis.
These guns and other items went for so much money even Clyde Barrow's own family seemed surprised.
“I’m amazed. I never dreamed that this stuff would sell, and that much interest believe me, because when I was growing up, it was taboo subject,” said Buddy Barrow, Clyde’s nephew.
Buddy made the trip up from Dallas where the entire Barrow family still lives.
For him, many of these pieces are priceless, like a letter sent by Clyde.
Beyond Bonnie and Clyde, also on the auction block were guns from Al Capone, Lucky Luciano's humidor and John Dillinger memorabilia.
It all sold for $1.1 million.