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Million dollar junk shop photo reveals Billy the Kid played croquet


Billy the Kid, left, playing croquet. Photograph: Kagin’s

The wildest man in the Wild West, Billy the Kid, played croquet, it has been revealed after the remarkable discovery of only the second photograph of the outlaw.

The Guardian reports:

The faded image was among a pile of photos inside a cardboard box at a junk shop in Fresno, California, unearthed by a collector in 2010. Randy Guijarro paid $2 (£1.30) for the image, which is now estimated to be worth millions of dollars.

The other photo of Billy sold for $2.3 million in 2011. Billy’s real name was Henry McCarty and he died in a gunfight at the age of 21. The best we can offer is a rare 1920 edition of the History of Billy the Kid for £1,166

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