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Jun272011

Billy the Kid Image Fetches $2.3 Million at Denver Auction

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(DENVER) -- One of the last surviving images of Billy the Kid fetched more than $2 million at an auction in Denver this weekend.

The unnamed winning bidder forked over $2.3 million to take home the tintype image of the 19th century bandit, whose real name was William Henry McCarty.

Auction organizers originally estimated the picture would bring in about $300,000 to $400,000.

The photo shows Billy the Kid wearing a black hat and holding a Winchester rifle with a holstered Colt pistol on his hip.  The snapshot is believed to have been taken in Fort Sumner, New Mexico during 1879 or 1880 -- before he began his gunslinging career in which he killed anywhere from eight to 22 people, according to legend.

It is reportedly the only authenticated, surviving image of the outlaw.

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