Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow got a lot of attention in the early 1930s, killing several law enforcement officers and civilians before the duo better known as Bonnie and Clyde themselves were caught and died in a barrage of gunfire in May 1934.
It appears one of their weapons didn’t get picked up by law enforcement at the scene of their gruesome deaths — and Case Antiques Auctions and Appraisals in Knoxville, Tenn., is putting it up for auction later this month, WBIR-TV reported.
A 1902 .38 Colt automatic was “found enfolded into the outlaw Bonnie Parker’s skirt at the Conger Funeral Home embalming room of Arcadia, LA in 1934,” according to the Case website.
The high estimate for the weapon is $175,000.
“At the time they didn’t know or think that there was going to be any value of the memorabilia,” a Case employee told WBIR. “In fact it was more taboo than anything; these bad people’s stuff so it was given to them as a protective device. It actually has six bullets with it. The chamber will hold seven. We don’t know where the seventh bullet is. It may still be in the chamber. We’ve not touched it.”
Here’s a report from WBIR-TV: