A Man Discovers His $2 Flea Market Photo Is Actually Worth a Million Dollars – DAVID RAUDALES

DAVID RAUDALES

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David Raudales

A Man Discovers His $2 Flea Market Photo Is Actually Worth a Million Dollars

In 2010, Randy Guijarro bought some vintage 19th-century photographs at a local flea market. Randy didn’t have enough cash with him that day, so in order to pay for the pictures, he dished out the last 2 dollars to his name and sang a song from “Madagascar.” When he got back home, Randy looked at one of the photos through a magnifying glass and realized that Henry McCarthy, better known as Billy the Kid, was staring right at him.

A team of experts checked the curious find and came to the conclusion that the photo was authentic and that it was really Billy. On June 25, 2011, the photograph was sold at the 22nd annual Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction in Denver to collector and businessman William Koch for $2.3 million. It was taken sometime in the summer of 1878 during a game of croquet and is currently valued at $5 million. So, who is this Billy the Kid, and why does a photo of him go for such crazy money?

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