Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Annie Oakley's Shotgun Gets $143,000

 Boston.com reports

A shotgun that once belonged to Western sharpshooter and entertainer Annie Oakley sold for more than $143,000 at an auction in Dallas on Sunday.

The trove of about 100 of the icon’s items headlining Heritage Auctions’ “Legends of the Wild West’’ event brought in nearly $520,000, according to the auction house.

The items included several guns, her Stetson hat, photographs and letters. Oakley’s great-grandnieces put up the items and had inherited them from their mother, who died in 2009.
What's your opinion? Is it healthy and normal to elevate historical guns to these heights? Do you think this goes beyond the usual interest in collectables?

Please leave a comment.


  1. Is it healthy and normal to elevate historical Stetson hats to these heights?

  2. Is it healthy and normal to spend tens of millions, even hundreds of millions, of dollars on a Picasso painting?

    My answer to all of them: Yes. Whatever the market price is, that's what it should be. I just hope that the artifacts are put on display.