Bonnie and Clyde's Guns Go for $500K

Guns fetch more than target prices
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2012 4:35 AM CDT
Guns once owned by Clyde Barrow (the one on the right) and Bonnie Parker went for $504,000 at auction.   (AP Photo/RR Auction)
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(Newser) – A fired up bidder purchased the guns Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were packing when they died in a hail of bullets for $504,000. Bonnie's snub-nosed .38 special—found taped to the inside of her thigh where "no gentleman officer" would dare search for it, according to the auction house—grabbed the bigger price at $264,000. Clyde's Colt .45 was plucked from his waistband by the leader of the posse that ambushed the duo in Louisiana in 1934.

Both guns were purchased by a Texas collector who wants to remain anonymous, reports Reuters. "They're still iconic, and their love story kind of resonates," said an auction spokesman of the lethal pair. The bank robber lovers were linked to 13 murders during their Great Depression crime spree. Clyde was 25 when he died, and Bonnie was 23. (Read more Bonnie Parker stories.)

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