Bonnie and Clyde were the legendary infamous outlaws and their collection of guns have been bought at an auction block for $210k, which does set a new record.
The auction held out of the Mayo Auction house in Kansas city sold the two guns that were confiscated from a hideout used by the two outlaws in Joplin Missouri in 1933 by law enforcement agents.
On Saturday the unidentified buyer paid, $130,000 for a .45 caliber Tommy gun style submachine gun and then another $80,000 for a 12-gauge shotgun manufactured in 1897.
Prior to the sale on Saturday it was reported that pre-bids on the Tommy gun were only at $35,000. Robert Mayo, the owner of the auction house told the Joplin Globe, “This was by far the most exciting auction we have ever conducted, To see something with this kind of history. There was so much excitement.”
The weapons had been taken after a shootout occurred at the hideout, were two officers were killed and the Bonnie and Clyde gang escaped. A year later Bonnie and Clyde were killed in another ambush by lawmen in Louisiana.
Bonnie and Clyde historian Michael Brown told Rueters that, “There are very few guns with the historic value of that one,” referencing the famous Tommy gun and how much money it brought in.