Shotgun used by Wyatt Earp sells for $375K

J. Stevens & Co. double-barrel percussion shotgun used by lawman Wyatt Earp. Price realized: $375,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – The gun Wyatt Earp used to kill “Curly Bill” Brocius soared to $375,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction Feb. 22-23. The prized firearm helped boost the total return for the sale to $2,355,133.

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Colonial Williamsburg reprises British design collection

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, artist unidentified, London, England, 1590-1600, oil, formerly on wood panel, gift of Preston Davie, 1945-20. Colonial Williamsburg image

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – When the first curators at Colonial Williamsburg began to buy objects for the collection 90 years ago, they acquired what they believed at the time to be appropriate for furnishing the buildings being restored in the historic town. These pieces of historical importance and intrinsic beauty were assembled into what is now referred to as the Colonial Revival style. It was the vision of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., who financed Colonial Williamsburg’s restoration, that these objects “should become second to no collection of its kind in the country.” Read more

Study: No evidence museum’s stovepipe hat was Lincoln’s

President Abraham Lincoln pictured with a hat. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A new study has found no evidence to corroborate that a beaver-skin stovepipe hat – for years a centerpiece of Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln museum – ever actually belonged to the 16th U.S. president, according to a published report.

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Colt Gatling gun rolls to $222K at Cowan’s auction

The Colt Model 1883 Gatling gun, complete with its original field carriage, limber and an Accles drum achieved $222,000. Cowan’s image

CINCINNATI – One of the best and most complete Gatling guns to be offered in recent years highlighted Cowan’s December Arms & Armor Auction selling for $222,000. The gigantic Colt Model 1883 was a remarkably complete example of one of the most iconic guns of its time complete with original field carriage, limber and a rare original Accles drum.

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M.S. Rau to unveil French Quarter store expansion Nov. 15

M.S. Rau is completing the move back into its renovated galleries in New Orleans’ French Quarter. M.R. Rau image

NEW ORLEANS – After three years of planning, negotiations and navigating the complexities of a historic renovation, M.S. Rau is now ready to unveil its multimillion-dollar new retail gallery expansion to the public. The gallery’s new footprint in the French Quarter covers nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor space over three floors and four open courtyards encompassing the entire block.

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Historic McKinley collection donated to Statehouse museum

President William McKinley is depicted on a plate made by the Knowles Taylor Knowles company. Image courtesy of Hilliard & Co. and LiveAuctioneers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A collection of historic photographs and political items related to former President William McKinley has been donated to an Ohio museum.

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Experts stamp out Iowa museum’s hopes: ‘Inverted Jenny’ a fake

US Airmail stamp: Inverted Jenny Air Mail Issue of 1918, 24 cents. US Postal Service image

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Hopes by a small aviation museum in southwestern Iowa that a stamp in its possession was rare enough to parlay a potential fortune crashed Friday when experts told them it wasn’t real, and likely not even worth the paper it was glued upon.

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Viking chess piece sells for more than $900K at auction

Probably Norwegian, Trondheim, 13th century, a Lewis Chessman. Sold for $927,000. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

LONDON (AP) – A 900-year-old Viking chess piece bought for a few dollars in the 1960s has sold at auction for 735,000 pounds ($927,000).

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Bible underscores Lincoln’s belief he was to end slavery

The King James Bible was presented to President Lincoln on June 16, 1864. Image courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president’s budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow’s labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say.

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Rare 13-star flags on display at Revolution museum

Thirteen hand-sewn, single appliques stars in a broad arch above a hand-sewn federal eagle, probably made by flagmaker Sarah McFadden. Courtesy Museum of the American Revolution

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Dozens of rare 13-star American flags never before exhibited will be on display at the Museum of the American Revolution.

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