“The Gun That Killed Morgan Earp” Coming Up at Auction for the First Time at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, June 6th in Fort Worth, Texas
The Colt Single Action taken from the body of outlaw, Frank Stilwell after Wyatt Earp killed him, believed to be the gun with which Stilwell murdered Morgan Earp, will cross the block this June at Lebel’s 26th annual Old West Auction.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2015
Fort Worth, TX – An authentic piece of Old West history will be available for the first time for public sale when Frank Stilwell’s Colt Single Action crosses the block at Brian Lebel’s 26th Annual Old West Auction, June 6th at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Believed to be the gun that Stilwell used to kill Wyatt Earp’s brother, Morgan Earp, the circa 1873 revolver is accompanied by letters and documents chronicling its history, and is estimated to sell for between $175,000-225,000. The auction features approximately 400 total lots, and other notable Old West pieces include Annie Oakley’s rifle and Wyatt Earp’s walking stick. The live sale will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available; registration is free.
Frank Stilwell was an Old West sometimes-lawman/sometimes-outlaw, who had a knack for getting arrested but evading conviction. He figured prominently in the events leading up to and surrounding the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and less than six months later was the prime suspect in the murder of Morgan Earp. On March 20, 1882, two nights after Morgan’s murder, believing that Stilwell would evade justice yet again, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Warren Earp and two other men ambushed Stilwell on the tracks at the Tucson Rail Yard, and filled him full of holes. The gun was on Stilwell’s person at the time, but newspaper accounts state that he never had a chance to fire it.
“It’s always an honor to be able to offer an historic piece from the Old West that hasn’t been publicly available before,” says auction founder Brian Lebel. “Especially when that artifact has ties to the absolute legends of the time. It’s exciting, I think, when you can hold history in your hand.”
The auction is held in conjunction with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show, a weekend vendor sale featuring over 200 dealers in authentic western art, antiques, collectibles and other fine merchandise. Both the Show and the Auction will be held in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. More details, including schedules, discount show coupons, auction catalog orders, online bidding, etc., can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.