Tintype of John Wesley Hardin

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2 1/4" x 1 1/2", mount size 4" x 2 1/2". Unidentified photographer. In original paper sleeve (oval). The most iconic Hardin photo and the only known original in existence. Robert McCubbin believed it to be one of the most important photographs in his collection.

Provenance: Laid into the Hardin family photo album, and descended through the Hardin family. From Amanda Clements, the daughter of John Wesley Hardin’s cousin, Joe Clements; to her son, Joe Hardin Clements; to Robert McNellis; to Robert McCubbin. Accompanied by a copy of the letter from Robert McNellis, dated 1979, regarding the provenance of the album and how he came to be in possession of it.

Robert McCubbin: "One of the most famous of all outlaw photos, and the only original known. One of the top photos in this collection."

Lot 358, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $50,000-75,000.