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RR Auction Bonnie and Clyde Death Car Items

RR Auction Bonnie and Clyde Death Car Items

Five items originally obtained from the floor of Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-riddled car after it was brought to Arcadia, Louisiana, along with the bodies of the notorious outlaws. Items are: A woman’s silk stocking stained with blood. Stocking measures approximately 30″ long with several noticeable blood stains to the foot and leg area; an unused .45 caliber bullet and casing, stamped on the bottom of the jacket “P. C. Co 18,” standing for Peters Cartridge Company and the date of 1918; a side temple from a pair of eye glasses. Silver metallic temple measures 4″ long, with screw and end piece; a small wood handled flathead screwdriver, measuring 4.5″ long; and an empty Bayer Asprin tin, 1.75 x 1.25.

Items are accompanied by a notarized affidavit from a woman whose grandfather, Zell Smith, originally acquired these relics directly from the ‘death car’ after receiving permission to take them from Sheriff Henderson Jordan. Letter reads, in part: “My grandfather, Zell Smith, was a traveling hardware salesman who traveled that area of north Louisiana. He was also a friend of Sheriff Henderson Jordan. My grandfather was in Arcadia in 1934 on the day that the ambushed car was pulled into Arcadia. He, like many others, rushed to see the shot up car, and Sheriff Henderson let him and others that he knew ransack the car for souvenirs. My grandfather grabbed a handful of stuff off of the floor of the car, which the outlaws had been living in. He said the car was full of trash. When he got home, he saw that he had the following items:

a small screwdriver a Bayer aspirin tin the side temple of a pair of wire glasses an unspent bullet which reads P.C.C.O. and the number 18 on the end a blood-stained silk stocking

Evidently my grandmother was understandably upset by this gruesome assortment and made my grandfather put it away and not talk about it around her.

In 1967 I was 13 years old. The Bonnie and Clyde movie had opened in town and my sister, cousin, and I went to see it. We were thrilled by it and the fact that the outlaws end had happened in our area. When we got home from the movie, my grandfather’s story and his souvenirs resurfaced, much to my grandmother’s disgust.…My grandfather was forced to put the things away again…I talked my grandfather into sneaking out the souvenirs anytime my grandmother wasn’t around. About ten years ago, one of my aunts passed away. Her father was my grandfather. Amongst her belongings when her house was cleaned out was the little box with the Bonnie and Clyde souvenirs in it. My other aunt remembered my fascination with the whole story, and, like my grandmother, being uncomfortable with these items, sent the box to me. The artifacts were all still there and have been in my possession ever since.”

Upon its arrival in Arcadia, Bonnie and Clyde’s guarded car was swarmed by crowds anxious to see the shot-up Ford. This lot, from one of the lucky few onlookers allowed to take a souvenir, far surpasses most in its inclusion of the bloodstained stocking. This is the only item we have seen for sale that was worn by Bonnie Parker herself: a remarkable, intimate piece taken from the floor of the outlaws’ final ride.

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow


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RR Auctions Clyde Barrow Hideout Letter

RR Auctions Clyde Barrow Hideout Letter

ALS signed “Bud,” one page, 2.75 x 4.5, no date. Letter to his brother, L. C. Barrow, written on the back of a candid snapshot photo of a small house on a platform surrounded by water. Barrow writes, in full: “Say how do you like our little home on the sea. We may go to no telling so we will write you later. I am sending you a tie—to pay you for your black hat. This is your girl on the tie. ha ha.” In very good condition, with scattered spotting, soiling and foxing to correspondence side, some over signature, and scattered noticeable creasing and spotting to image side. Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from Barrow’s sister Marie, which reads, “This is a picther [sic] with letter on back wrote [sic] to my brother, he used the name Bud. Ever [sic] one knew that was the way he signed his name while on the run. Bud was a code for Clyde Barrow, who wrote this letter to my brother L. C. Barrow.”

No matter where their travels took them, Bonnie and Clyde remained in touch with their family members, writing and secretly visiting whenever they could. In this quick letter to his younger brother L. C., Clyde – known to his family and friends as ‘Bud’ – lets him know that they’re still, as always, on the run and hiding out where they can. According to historian Jonathan Davis, this “little house on the sea” was on the Gulf of Mexico, where the outlaws stayed at different times. Shortly after the ambush in 1934, prosecutors went after most of the couple’s family members for harboring fugitives. L. C. served two years on this count, and an additional three for an armed robbery that he did not commit and was later acquitted of. He was the only of the four Barrow boys to straighten up his life once the dust settled from his brothers’ crimes and deaths. Anything written by Barrow is incredibly rare; this personal note to his little brother, written from a hideaway presumably at the height of the Gang’s infamy, is absolutely extraordinary, far surpassing any we have seen.

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Clyde Barrow


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RR Autograph Auctions Clyde Barrow Pearl Handle Gun

RR Autograph Auctions Clyde Barrow Pearl Handle Gun

A Colt Model 1908 Pocket Model Semi Auto Pistol taken from the Bonnie and Clyde ambush car by Louisiana Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton.

This is a type II Colt Model 1908, serial number 81958, cal. .380 A.C.P. with a 3 ¾” barrel, factory nickel finish and non-factory mother-of-pearl grips. This Colt was made in 1924 and retains about 98% nickel finish with many hairline scratches and excellent factory markings. The mother-of-pearl grips show great color with a large chip missing on the right side at the screw escutcheon. The original factory magazine is nickel finished and is properly marked “CAL.380/COLT.” The mechanism functions well and the barrel has a very good bore. According to the included copy of a Colt factory letter stating this gun was shipped to Wolf and Klar of Fort Worth, Texas, on November 5, 1924.

This Colt comes to us from the daughter of Leslie Clyde Mallon, a professional baseball player for the Texas League Dallas Steers, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Boston Braves in the early 1930s. One of his acquaintances through his baseball career was Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton, an avid baseball player himself who passed up an opportunity to play for the Cleveland Indians. The youngest member of the posse that killed the outlaws, Hinton was given the assignment because he could easily identify both Clyde and Bonnie, a woman he admired. In discussion with Ted’s son, ‘Boots’ Hinton, the proprietor of the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana, he confirmed that his father took a Colt. 32 automatic for himself (which has subsequently been stolen) and gave Mallon this .380 Colt as a gift.

This transfers as a modern firearm.

Provenance: Wolf and Klar, Fort Worth, Texas Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton Leslie Clyde Mallon Leslie Mallon Savitz

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Clyde Barrow


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RR Autograph Auction Clyde Barrow Colt Model 1911

Clyde Barrow’s Colt Model 1911 Government Model Semi-auto pistol, removed from his waistband after the ambush by Texas and Louisiana lawmen on May 23, 1934. This is a standard U.S. Army pistol of World War I vintage, #164070, cal. .45 ACP, and according to the included Colt factory letter was delivered to Springfield Armory on June 28, 1917. The frame marked with inspector Gilbert H. Stewart’s circular stamp and the forward left side of the frame has light scratches where the “U.S. Property” marking was removed. The barrel has a good bore and is inscribed with an intertwined “HP” proofmark. The metal is not pitted and has an attractive gray/brown patina with a good deal of original bright factory blue on the left side of the frame and on the small parts. All of the factory markings are in excellent condition and the ‘double diamond’ walnut grips show moderate wear.

With the Colt is a notarized letter from former Special Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Jr., dated December 18, 1973 in which he states that this pistol, #164070, was removed from the “waistband of Clyde Barrow’s trousers the morning that he and Bonnie Parker were killed by my father in Louisiana.” He goes on to say “This pistol is also described and pictured in my father’s book I’m Frank Hamer. He also states that ”this pistol was believed to have been stolen from the federal arsenal in Beaumont, Texas,” and that the federal government gave this Colt to his father. Although Clyde Barrow had many guns during his notorious career, there cannot be any with a closer association to him than this one carried at his death.

This transfers as a modern firearm.

Provenance: U.S. Armory at Springfield

Any numerous National Guard Armories burglarized by Bonnie and Clyde

Clyde Barrow

Texas Ranger Frank Hamer

Special Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Jr.

The Raymond Brown Collection

Tom Keilman Auctioneers, 1986.

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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Clyde Barrow


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