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Purported Bonnie and Clyde guns sell for $210,000

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 10:39 a.m. CST; updated 10:47 a.m. CST, Monday, January 23, 2012
This.45-caliber, fully automatic Thompson submachine gun believed to have been seized from outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin hideout in 1933 and a 1897 Winchester 12-gauge shotgun are being put up for auction. The guns spent the past 40 years in relative historical obscurity, stored in a Springfield police museum that didn't acknowledge the cache's pop culture significance.

KANSAS CITY — Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City.

The Joplin Globe reported an online bidder from the East Coast on Saturday bought the weapons thought to have been seized from the outlaw couple's Joplin hideout in 1933.

Sold were a .45-caliber, fully automatic Thompson submachine gun — better known as a Tommy gun — and a 1897 Winchester 12-gauge shotgun. Mayo Auction of Kansas City was not given permission to release the name of the buyer.

Two law enforcement officers died during a shootout at the Joplin apartment where the couple and members of their gang were holed up, but all the members of the Clyde Barrow gang escaped.


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