Historic memorabilia, including infamous outlaw's relics, on display at show showcasing NM tradition
June 24, 2018 05:57 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. – It's a name steeped in Wild West history with a New Mexico connection.
Billy the Kid is well known for being an outlaw. He was shot and killed in New Mexico in the 1880s, but he didn't die without leaving something behind—the Kid was said to be holding a knife during that fatal confrontation with a sheriff.
On Sunday that knife – dull, rusted and worn – was on display in Santa Fe at the Cody Old West Show.
"It has an unbroken chain of provenance and a signed letter of affidavits from the Maxwell family," said Co-owner Melissa McCracken.
There was also a sign from the historic Lincoln Saloon, located across from the courthouse where Billy escaped from—that sold for around $11,000.
"I think Billy is a draw everywhere, actually, and New Mexico specifically because he was from here and sort of made us legend here," McCracken said.
From dusty streets to the "Lone Ranger" film set, the 29th annual Cody Old West Show and Auction has found a home for an array of memorabilia in the state's capital. Having 100 vendors on hand to help share their own pieces of New Mexico history doesn't hurt.
"It is all western art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, historic firearms and paintings from $5 to $500,000," McCracken said.
The two-day event brought hundreds to Santa Fe, showcasing not only those items but other local businesses, restaurants and hotels.
Officials say they plan on Santa Fe becoming the auction's permanent home.
Updated: June 24, 2018 05:57 PM
Created: June 24, 2018 05:41 PM
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