Jesse James’ gun belt, Jim Younger’s decorated fiddle, headline ‘Outlaw’ trove in public auction June 22 Legends of the Wild West Auction features important James/Younger gang material from the Wilbur Zink Collection; more than 140 items included, many never before offered
“One of Zink’s great coups was the purchase in the early 1980s of more than a third of the famed Harry Hoffman Collection,” said Slater. “Hoffman was a neighbor and friend of the James family, and grew up with Jesse, Jr., who remained a lifelong friend. As an adult he also became a close friend of Cole Younger and, along with Jesse, Jr., attended Cole at his deathbed.”
Among the Hoffman items which later found their way into the Zink collection and which feature prominently in the Heritage event are:
A large Cole Younger autographed photo, given to Hoffman by Younger himself: Estimate $5,000+.
Important James and Younger photos which came from the family: Estimate $2,000+.
A rare cabinet-sized photo of Jesse James: Estimate $2,500+.
The June 22 Heritage Legends of the Wild West auction will also feature such diverse items as important George Armstrong Custer relics with family provenance, a superb engraved model 1895 Winchester rifle presented by Theodore Roosevelt, important artifacts of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a rare twice-signed document by Alamo hero William Barret Travis and a large selection of early Western and Native American photographs from the estate of late noted Las Vegas collector Al Mueller.
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