Doc Holliday’s Derringer Sold for $84,000

   03.14.17

Doc Holliday’s Derringer Sold for $84,000

Ever heard of Doc Holliday?

If you haven’t, I’m sad for you; he’s one of the most well-known figures of the American old west. And the town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado is banking on that fact–literally.

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society has reportedly borrowed a whopping $84 thousand bucks and used it to purchase one of Doc’s firearms, a Remington .41 caliber double-barrel derringer that was presented to him as a gift by Big Nose Kate, his Hungarian-born common-law wife (and prostitute).

The back strap of the gun’s grip frame is engraved, “To Doc from Kate” and it’s believed to have been in the hotel room where Doc Holliday spent his final days and eventually died, in the Hotel Glenwood of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

(Photo: Post Independent)
(Photo: Post Independent)

The gun was owned by Jason Brierley of Vancouver, British Columbia, who visited the Frontier Historical Museum in Glenwood Springs. Some months later, he offered the gun for sale to the historical society, and the rest is now history.

After satisfying themselves of its authenticity, the society purchased the diminutive popper.

(Photo: Post Independent)
(Photo: Post Independent)

Had it gone to auction, the purchase price would likely have been higher.

It’s one of several Holliday items to have sold in recent years, including a flask, which went for $130,000, and a shotgun believed to have been Holliday’s, which sold for $200,000.

The derringer was accepted as partial payment for Holliday’s funeral in 1887 and it remained with that family until 1968. Since then it was sold once in the 1980s, then to Brierly in July 2016, and finally to its current owners.

The gun is currently in safe storage, but will eventually become part of an exhibit at the Frontier Museum in Glenwood Springs.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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