Smith & Wesson from Bonnie & Clyde's car 'set to fetch £75,000 at auction'

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Valuable: The Smith & Wesson was found in Bonnie and Clyde's car in 1934 (Caters)

A revolver taken from inside the car where Bonnie and Clyde were shot dead could fetch over $120,000 (£76,000) at auction.

The Smith & Wesson 32 Long Revolver was discovered along with cache of weapons and ammo found hidden inside the infamous crime duo's Ford V8 on the day they were killed on May 23, 1934.

The gun was taken from the car of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after Sheriff Henderson Jordon caught up with the couple in Arcadia, Louisianna.

Ivan Methvin, the father of Henry Methvin, an accomplice of Bonnie & Clyde, made a deal with Sheriff Jordon to lure Bonnie and Clyde into a trap.

As they drove down a rural road, Methvin identified them and the police opened fire and Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly.

The word hit town and a crowd gathered at the scene, the car with the bodies inside had to be towed into town and taken to Conger’s Furniture and Funeral Home, where the crowd had followed to try to get a look.

The townspeople took pieces of the car, cut out pieces of clothing, even cutting locks of Bonnie’s hair just to have a trophy of the event.

The furniture store quickly became overcrowded and the employees at the store were tasked with trying to keep the unruly group of onlookers at bay.

After the bodies were unloaded, the police began to get a look at the large cache of weapons and ammunition that they had hidden away in the trunk of the stolen vehicle.

Shortly after the events of that historical day Clyde Barrow’s family tried to take possession of the contents of the Ford, at that point Deputy Sheriff Reginald Hightower gave one of the guns, a Smith & Wesson 32 Long Revolver, to his sister-in-law Vern Hightower.

She was a widow and he believed she needed it for protection. Vern was one of the employees at Conger’s Furniture Store and Funeral Home where it was her job to hold back the crowd as the coroner was working with the bodies in the back room.

Vern kept the gun and six of the bullets found in it until she moved into a nursing home in 1980.

At that point she gave it to her brother-in-law A.D. Rich who was taking care of her affairs; he was in the second car to arrive at the site of the ambush.

He later passed it down to his son Carroll Rich, now from Denton, Texas. who has written several articles on Bonnie and Clyde.

The Smith & Wesson Revolver has been previously been on display at the Texas State Fair Sponsored by the Dallas Historical Society and is currently requested by the Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington D.C.

It will now go up for a live auction on February 1, between 11am and 8pm with pre-bids already being taken at Mayo Auction & Realty.

Sara Roberts, project manager at Mayo Auction & Realty, said they were very excited about the sale.

She said: "Going by previous Bonnie and Clyde guns we have sold, the shotgun for around $80,000 and the Tommy gun for $120,000, we could being seeing this go for even more as it came out of the car they died in."

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