A photo bought for $2 in a Fresno shop has been described by a Western Americana expert as “The holy grail of photography.”
It is believed to be just the second photo ever seen of William H. Bonney. The infamous outlaw “Billy the Kid” is actually playing croquet in the picture. A historical find was not on Randy and Linda Guijarro’s mind when Randy browsed a Tower District junk store in 2010.
Guijarro said, “These were just two cardboard boxes about this long about that high.”
Three photos caught his eye. Two featured women but a voice in his head told him to take the dark tin type photo of a country scene. Guijarro explained, “So I picked it back up and said, it’s got a hole on top, kind of beat up. Okay so I got those three photographs for two bucks.”
A picture may be worth a thousand words but this one’s worth much more. It was recently authenticated by Western Americana expert Kagin’s Incorporated in Tiburon. Its value set at five million dollars.
Jeff Aiello is executive director of a new documentary titled “Billy the Kid – New Evidence.” It weaves a historical timeline around the discovered picture. Aiello is a former ABC30 Creative Services Director. He said, “This is the first photograph ever discovered of Billy the Kid with The Regulators, period. And that’s significant in American history.”
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