William Bonney (aka Billy The Kid) Tintype
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William Bonney (aka Billy The Kid) Tintype:
Hi welcome to this miracle of a discovery. It really happened like magic. The odds are nearly impossible that i would be able to make a discovery like this but it happened and i am certain that with a little research into the image you will indeed conclude its authentic. Why ? Sothebys, christies, selkirks all seem tripped up on authorship and provenance. Which is nonsense. If you can deduce authenticity with common sense, logic, and science then so be it.
A short film containing image comparison with known verified images of billy the purchased a lot of daguerreotypes from an estate sale here in marshall missouri last may 2019. A few months later sold three of the nicer boxed daguerreotypes on for 40$.
Just recently i had a wonderful strange turn of events in which i was remixing a william s. Burroughs spoken word selection about bloody bill andersons routing of boone county missouri. the same time i was perusing my ephemera collection looking for items to sell. I started thinking of doc holliday and billy the kid when i saw this tintype. I looked up and found the famous cowboy and gun pose of billy the kid. Then checked it to one of the two tintypes what caught my eye was the eyebrows, slant of left eye, and his jaw. Wow. Thats interesting.
I went on to use ipad art app to layer transluscent images on top of each other and i can say with 99.9% certainty that i have two billy the kid tintypes. The others i sold was a young boy(most likely another william bonney portrait) a woman (presumably his mother) and an older woman (his grandmother)
These american treasures need to go to the highest buyer so as to preserve and protect them. The provenance or authorship is matter of fact purchased in a lot from an estate sale in marshall missouri may 2019. With inquiry i can provide images of the daguerreotypes sold from the same lot and address of the location of estate sale.
Due to the nature of this item it will be local pickup only.