Annie Oakleys Gun Fetches Big Bucks At Auction

Annie Oakleys Gun Fetches Big Bucks At Auction

McALLEN — 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.

One of those descendants, Terrye Holcomb, said, overall, the auction’s success left her with a positive feeling, but “there’s a little bit of melancholy and sadness that goes with it.”

The items had been passed down through generations. Holcomb remembers shooting the guns for target practice on Sunday mornings in California’s Santa Monica Mountains and wearing Oakley’s Stetson hat — which sold for $17,925 — for Halloween.

Oakley became famous for her marksmanship while traveling in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. She died in 1926 at the age of 66.


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