NASHUA, N.H. -- Two guns once in the possession of notorious gangsters Bonnie and Clyde when they were killed in a hail of gunfire sold at a New Hampshire auction Sunday for more than half a million dollars.
The guns were two of 134 artifacts that sold for a total of $1.1 million at the auction in Nashua. About two-thirds of the auctioned items were from Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, but items also came from other notorious criminals, including Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger.
Bonnie Parker's .38-caliber Detective Special that she had taped to her thigh when she was killed in 1934 drew the highest bid and sold for $264,000, said Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction in Amherst, N.H., which held the auction.
Clyde Barrow's 1911 Colt .45-caliber automatic sold for $240,000 to the same bidder, who didn't want to be named, Livingston said.
"When rare items like that come up for sale you expect this kind of enthusiasm," Livingston said. "There was some serious bidding going on."
Many of the auction items came from the estate of the late collector Robert Davis of Waco, Texas, with the remainder coming from various other collections.
Most of the items came from famous gangsters and outlaws, but some were linked to law enforcement officials including Elliot Ness and Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who led a posse that tracked down and killed Bonnie and Clyde in Louisiana.
Clyde Barrow's pocket watch sold for $36,000, Livingston said. A 1921 Morgan silver dollar that was found in his pocket after he was killed sold for $32,000
This this undated file photo shows outlaws and lovers Bonnie Parker, left, and Clyde Barrow. Guns and other items connected to the couple are going on auction by RR Auction of Amherst, N.H. An auction official estimated Thursday, July 12, 2012, that the handguns found on the duo after they were shot dead each could fetch between $100,000 and $200,000. (AP Photo/File)
This pair of undated photos provided by RR Auction of Amherst, N.H., show firearms once owned by outlaws and lovers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Parkers Colt .38 snub-nose detective special, left, was found taped to her inside thigh with white medical tape after she was shot dead. Barrow's Colt .45, right, was recovered post-mortem from his waistband. Besides guns from both 1930s-era criminals, a New Hampshire company is going to auction off Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia in September that also includes Bonnie's cosmetic case, Clyde's gold pocket watch, and a letter Clyde wrote to his brother while on the run. (AP Photo/RR Auction)
This undated file photo provided by Mayo Auction and Realty shows a .45-caliber, fully automatic Thompson submachine gun believed to have been seized from outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin hideout in 1933. The Joplin Globe reported an online bidder from the East Coast on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 bought this gun and a 1897 Winchester 12-gauge shotgun for $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Mayo Auction and Realty, File)
This undated photo provided by Mayo Auction and Realty shows the .45-caliber , fully automatic Thompson submachine gun believed to have been seized from outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin hideout in 1933. This gun and a 1897 Winchester 12-gauge shotgun are being put up for auction by a Missouri family who wants to turn the weapons over to "someone with an appreciation of antique guns and the history behind these guns." (AP Photo/Mayo Auction and Realty)