Five years ago, Randy Guijarro spent just a couple of dollars on some old tintype photos he found in Fresno, California. When he looked at one of them under a magnifying glass, he was surprised—one of the men in the photo, leaning on a croquet mallet, looked an awful lot like Billy the Kid.
Billy the Kid lived in the second half of the 19th century. He worked as a ranch hand in the southwestern United States, developed a reputation as an able gun man, and ended up killing at least eight people. (Though, according to legend, it was more than 20.) He was part of a gang called the Regulators, and toward the end of his life, a price was put on his head. He was killed by a sheriff in 1881.
The photo, though, shows a quieter scene—Billy the Kid and another man are playing croquet, at a wedding. Some of the other people pictured are thought to be members of the Regulators. The tintype is just four inches by five inches, and, according to Kagin’s, could be worth $5 million.
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