Jesse James was usually on the run and left very little of himself behind, but on one occasion he did sign a photo that Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is offering on April 5th in Chicago.Â The pre-sale estimate is $20,000–$30,000.Â The albumen print is the only signed copy known to exist.
James’ granddaughter said the print was the real thing. She inherited it directly from the outlaw’s widow. After the granddaughter died her husband sold it, and it has been in private hands for more than 50-years.Â A rare but unsigned photo of Billy The Kid will be offered by another auctioneer in June, who hopes for $300,000-$400,000, suggesting the James estimate may be quite low.
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