The most famous off-the-law of the Far West American had paid 25 cents to be photographed in front of a saloon in New Mexico in the late 1880’s: the only photo of Billy the Kid was sold at auction for $ 2.3 million on Saturday.
William Koch, the brother of prominent donors to the more conservative American parties, bought the picture with the highest bid in the “Old West Show and Auction” Annual Denver, Colorado. The starting price was 150,000 dollars.
William Koch‘s intentions about this photo of five to eight centimeters printed on a metal plate are still unclear. It is indeed the only known portrait of the Kid, William Bonney, who used the aliases Henry Antrim and Henry McCarty.
The off-the-law, who according to legend was shot dead 21 people – one for each year of his life – has himself been shot by the sheriff of a town in New Mexico in July 1881. He was 20 when he carelessly asked for a photographer.
At least two other pictures were taken of Kid child school student from Silver City (New Mexico) and in the middle of a half dozen cowboys on a ranch near Roswell (New Mexico).
Koch lives in Florida and has large land in the mountains of central Colorado. He financially supported the Republican Party. His two rich brothers, Charles and David Koch, have joined their side of the ultra-conservative Tea Party.