I think people buy these just as an investment.Interesting article but why would anyone really want to pay $200K for a famous criminal's murder weapon anymore than a no name gang banger's murder weapon? I for one would much rather own the Texas Ranger's gun that put down Bonnie and Clyde. Yes I know the historical reasoning of owning something that was famous. Why not a weapon that stood for justice instead of pain and misery. I know goofy right.
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/30/14162079-bonnie-and-clyde-guns-sell-for-504000?liteLITTLETON, N.H. - Two pistols found on the bodies of famed Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed by a posse in 1934 sold at auction Sunday for $504,000.
A snub-nosed .38 special found attached to the inside of Parker's thigh with white medical tape fetched $264,000 at an auction in Nashua, New Hampshire.
She taped the gun to her thigh, because, according to a document obtained by the auction house, "In those days, no gentleman officer would search a woman where she had it taped and there were very few women police officers."
The auction house had initially valued the piece between $150,000 and $200,000.
A Colt .45 -- valued between $150,000 and $200,000 -- recovered from the waistband of Barrow's pants -- fetched $240,000. According to a YouTube produced by the auction house, the gun was plucked from the bandit's body by Frank Hamer, the relentless posse leader who tracked Bonnie and Clyde.