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Below is a recent realized price for an autograph letter by Old West folk hero James B Wild Bill Hickok. We at Nate D. Sanders Auctions can obtain up to this amount or more for you:

James B Wild Bill Hickok Autograph Letter Signed. Sold for About $100,000.

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Scarce Treasure From the Wild West Days — Bat Masterson Autograph Letter Signed — “…My father was born in this state eighty years ago and moved to Illinois where I was born fifty one years ago…”

Very rare Bat Masterson autograph letter signed “W.B. Masterson”, dated 31 December 1905 from New York City, where the fabled figure of the Wild West era was, in his continually-evolving career as gambler, lawman and saloon keeper, then a newspaperman for the New York Morning Telegraph. Letter is addressed to a “Mr. Watson F. Masterson” of Ramsey, West Virginia and reads in full: “Dear Sir. Without going into details can assure you that we are not related; even remotely. My father was born in this state eighty years ago and moved to Illinois where I was born fifty one years ago. There are a great many families of Mastersons in Missouri and Iowa none of whom are related to mine. My father had but one brother and he was several years the eldest and has been dead about forty years and died without issue. Very respectfully. W.B. Masterson”. Includes original postmarked envelope. Originally acquired from a Charleston, West Virginia man whose father personally received the letter from Masterson. Comes with a photocopy of a newspaper article discussing this provenance. Letter measures 7.75″ x 10.25″ on two pages with a few words underlined in pencil and two extremely small holes, one on each page. Near fine condition. Sold for $16,000.

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Daniel Boone Autograph Manuscript Signed from 1784 — Boone Surveys Land in Fayette County, Kentucky, Signed ”Daniel Boone D.S.” — With University Archives COA

Daniel Boone autograph land survey signed, dated 25 June 1784, with Boone not only handwriting the entire document, but also drawing the surveyed land at upper left. Signed as Deputy Surveyor, ”Daniel Boone D.S.”, Boone surveys land in Fayette County, Kentucky, reading in part,

”Surveyed for Gaddis Winstone 5000 acres of Land by Virtue of 5 Treasury Warrants…situate lying and being in the County of Fayette and bounded as followeth To wit Beginning, where a large Buffaloe Road goes onto the head of Ceader Creek at a Small Lick at A two hickorees a white oak and black oak running North 45 degrees. West 800 poles to B two white ashes a sugartree and Mulberry, thence South 45 [degrees]. West 1000 poles to C a poplar sugartree and two Beeches thence South 45 [degrees]. East 800 poles to D a walnut hickory and Locust thence North 45 [degrees]. East 1000 poles to the Beginning – Daniel Boone D.S.” In the diagram at upper left, Boone marks the boundaries and writes within the square, ”area 5000 acres…plotted by a seale of 400 poles to the Inch”.

As an early frontiersman of the Kentucky territory, Boone had unique knowledge of the land and its vegetation, no doubt aiding him in his land surveying business. At the time of this survey, with Boone being just shy of 50 years, the first historical account of Kentucky was published, ”The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke”, in which a lengthy biography of Boone was included as the appendix. As a result, Boone became an instant folk hero. Document measures 7.875” x 6.5”, mounted to a slightly larger board. Browning along folds, and holes at intersecting folds. Very good condition with no loss of paper. A scarce signed document by Boone at a pivotal point in his life. With University Archives COA. Sold for $15,806.

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University Archives COA. Click image to enlarge.

Very Scarce 1788 Daniel Boone Document Signed — Boone Signs a Kentucky Land Indenture During His Time as a Surveyor and Land Prospector

Scarce Daniel Boone document signed, dated 11 December 1788 from the “Town of Maysville”, Kentucky. This manuscript indenture between the trustees of Maysville including Boone, Arthur Fox, Thomas Brooks, Jacob Boone, George Mefford and William Cubbs reads in part “…in consideration of the sum of eighteen shillings…a certain tracts or parcels of land lying in the town of Maysville and known in the plan of the said town by Lott Number Sixty Seven —– containing half an acre of land.” Signed by all the trustees and witnessed by Francis Jones, Thomas Karlin and James Campbell. Document measures 13.25″ x 16.75″ with scalloped top and right edges, toning throughout and separations at folds, though archivally repaired. Nicely matted and framed to an overall size of 18.25″ x 22″. Very good condition. A rare opportunity to own a Kentucky signed document by the mythic folk hero of the American frontier. Sold for $12,925.

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Daniel Boone Revolutionary War Document Signed Regarding a Horse Killed During the Battle of Blue Licks — One of the Only Documents Signed by Boone Regarding This Battle

Important Revolutionary War document signed by Daniel Boone regarding one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War where Kentucky militiamen were routed by Native American forces allied with the British in the Battle of Blue Licks. Dated 21 December 1782 from Fayette County, Kentucky, where the battle occurred, document reads in full, ”We being first sworn have appraised one Sorrel Mare about fourteen hands high about eight years old branded on the nigh buttock ET to twenty five pounds the property of James Buchanan taken for the Commonwealth and State of Virginia from Buchanans Station to the upper Polen Licks on a scout after the Indians under the command of Capt. John Constant given under the hands this 21st day of Dec’ber 1782.” Document is then signed by ”John Constant, Capt.”, ”Daniel Boone (Lt.”, ”Nicolas Proctor” and ”James Little”.

Congressional records show that a bay horse owned by Buchanan was lost during the infamous raid on the American encampment at Bryan Station, which precipitated the Battle of Blue Licks. On 15 August 1782, Native American forces laid siege to the camp, killing the livestock and destroying crops, which in turn led the Kentucky militiamen, including both Boone and his son Israel Boone who died in the battle, to the battlefield where they were greatly outnumbered by British allied forces; of the 182 Kentucky soldiers fighting, 72 were killed and 11 captured. After the battle, Boone and others submitted claims to recover lost property, which Congress approved.

Document measures approximately 8.25” x 4.5” with uneven edges. Folds, with archival repair to verso, neither affecting Boone’s bold signature. Very good condition. With RR Auction provenance, lot 181 of their 15 October 2014 sale. Sold for $10,625.

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Exceptionally Rare Sitting Bull Autograph

Very rare autograph of Sitting Bull, the Native American holy man, Sioux chief and U.S government defier. Signature was originally part of an autograph album of late 19th and early 20th century notables, likely obtained during the brief period of four months that Sitting Bull performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, where he earned approximately $50 per week and reportedly cursed attendees in his native tongue. Ultimately, though, Sitting Bull would be shot by Indian Agency Police upon the reservation, ostensibly when he resisted arrest. Autograph page is signed boldly and clearly in black ink: “Sitting Bull” with distinctive dotting of “i’s”. Minor soiling and toning, else near fine condition. Dark Sitting Bull autograph.  Sold for $7,866.

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Exceptionally Rare Sitting Bull Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Annie Oakley Autograph on Her Cabinet Card from 1880

Annie Oakley autograph on her cabinet card, circa 1880s. A young Ms. Oakley poses holding a double-barrel shotgun with her gloved right hand. Boldly signed in ink, “Annie Oakley.” Annie Oakley became famous when her future husband Frank Butler bet $100 that he could beat anyone in a shooting contest. He lost the bet to Annie, but won her heart. They set out performing their own act which included Annie shooting ashes off Frank’s cigarette. They later joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1885. Ironically, her greatest source of wealth came in later years when William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper created a false story that she was using cocaine. She sued Hearst and won, netting her a sum that allowed her to become a philanthropist. Image measures 4.25″ x 6.5″. Baker’s Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio backmark. Small thumbtack holes to each corner and mounting remnants to verso. Overall, near fine condition. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.  Sold for $7,000.

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Calamity Jane Cabinet Card Photograph — Measures 4.25″ x 6.5″

Scarce cabinet card photograph of Calamity Jane, the colorful sharpshooter and storyteller of the Wild West, shown here with rifle and wearing men’s clothes, as she was apt to do. Image measures 3.875″ x 5.5″, mounted to card measuring 4.25″ x 6.5″. With photographer’s stamp of George W. Potter on verso, the 19th century studio in Livingston, Montana. A few light spots of foxing at top, overall in very good condition. Sold for $5,000.

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Josephine Earp Autograph Letter Signed Shortly After Wyatt’s Death — “Oh how I miss Mr. Earp”

Josephine “Josie” Earp autograph letter signed shortly after the death of her husband Wyatt Earp. Dated 27 February 1929, Josephine writes to John H. Flood Jr., an old friend of Wyatt Earp’s from Arizona. In part, “…I told them they must be very careful not to tell to [sic] much to outsiders- as everything comes back here to Vidal. The Bridge Gang are going to be at Drendin for about three weeks…P.S. Oh how I miss Mr. Earp…” 2pp. on stationery measuring 7″ x 10.75″. In very good condition with usual folds. With original envelope. Sold for $3,000.

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1887 Document Signed by Ringleaders in the Lincoln Country War — Including James Dolan, Justice of the Peace John Wilson, Sheriff Peppin & Regulator Yginio Salazar

Fantastic and rare legal document signed by dozens of key officials in Lincoln County, New Mexico, home of the 1878 Lincoln County War shootouts that catapulted Billy the Kid to fame. During the five short months of February-July 1878, the Lincoln County War would pit two factions of outlaws against each other for control of economic power in Lincoln County, and not end until federal forces intervened at the Battle of Lincoln. This 1887 document is signed by 24 Lincoln County notables who are petitioning the Board of County Commissioners to limit the width of a major road leading to the Court House. Document dated 15 July 1887 is signed by: James Dolan (leader of the Murphy/Dolan faction), Justice of the Peace John Wilson (who deputized the outlaw Regulators gang), George Peppin (the corrupt Sheriff who helped Murphy/Dolan’s thugs) and Yginio Salazar (one of Billy the Kid’s Regulators). Document is also signed by Sheriff Jason Brent, New Mexican Governor George Curry, Octaviano Salas (a Coroner’s Juror for Alex McSween’s murder), John Wheeler (who rode with Billy the Kid), cattleman George Barber, William Rosenthal (who sued John Chisum), George Sena (Pat Garrett’s Deputy Sheriff), Sheriff Saturnino Baca, Antonio Salazar (the local tax collector) and John Thornton (whose family defended Dolan and Chisum). Document runs two pages (front and verso) with all signatures appearing on the second page, and includes an integral leaf with docketing approving the petition. Measures 7.75″ x 9.75″. A spectacular document displaying the signatures of men who sought to break the untamed West. Sold for $2,237.

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Buffalo Bill Cody Cabinet Photo Signed — Rare

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody signed cabinet photo, capturing, in full cowboy regalia, the American frontier scout and entertainment mogul whose Wild West Show defined the image of the untamed West. Signed upon the mount “W.F. Cody / ‘Buffalo Bill’ / To Mr. J.G. Fraser / 1910″. Photograph is published by Repro Photo (identified in negative at lower right). Tack hole at top and small loss at bottom not affecting signature, likely from a second tack. Image measures 4″ x 5.5″; matting measures 6″ x 9”. Overall in very good plus condition, with an especially sharp image and bold writing. Sold for $2,262.

Buffalo Bill Cody Autograph Photo. Click to enlarge.

Rare and Vintage Annie Oakley Cabinet Photo

Original cabinet photograph of Annie Oakley, circa early 1900’s. Oakley stands holding her signature .22 caliber rifle, which she reportedly could use to split a playing card edge-on. Photograph measures 4″ x 5.5″. Photo mat bears the original portrait studio name and address: “Chandler / 826 Arch St., Phila.” and measures 5.25″ x 7.25″. Light wear at edges, though not affecting photo which is in near fine condition. Sold for $1,609.

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Buffalo Bill Cody Signed 1899 Biography — Dual-Signed ”W.F. Cody” and ”Buffalo Bill”

Buffalo Bill Cody signed first edition of ”Last of the Great Scouts”. Duluth Press Publishing Co.: Chicago: 1899. Inscription on title page reads: ”To Olivia Marie Phelps / from / W.F. Cody ‘Buffalo Bill’ / July 10th 1909”. This 296 page hardcover by Cody’s sister includes 16 illustration plates and details the life of the famous Wild West showman. Illustrations by Frederic Remington and E.W. Deming. Measures 5.5” x 8”. Light shelf wear, rip on bottom edge of dedication page with tape on back and minor staining to some pages. Overall in very good condition. Sold for $1,513.

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W.F. Cody ”Buffalo Bill” Signed Photo — Without Inscription

Photo signed by the famous Wild West showman, Buffalo Bill Cody. Signed in black fountain pen along the lower section, ”W.F. Cody / ‘Buffalo Bill”’. Photo postcard measures 3.5” x 5.5”. Bends to corners and discoloration to lower left corner. Very good condition with bold handwriting. From the estate of Louis A. McGloughlin, one of the Forsyth Scouts under George Alexander Forsyth. Sold for $1,250.

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Buffalo Bill Photo Signed The Year Before His Death

Buffalo Bill signs a photo of himself donning Western regalia during the last year of his life. He inscribes: ”W. F. Cody / ‘Buffalo Bill’ / 1916” in heavy black ink to the lowermost section. Buffalo Bill’s wild west reenactment shows were a fixture of early 20th century culture. Measures 4” x 5”. Toning, light soiling and mounted to paper. Very good condition. Sold for $1,220.

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”Buffalo Bill” Cody Signed Photo — Original 1900’s Photo With Exceptional Sharp Contrast

”Buffalo Bill” Cody signed portrait of himself upon his horse with rifle in hand. The Wild West man signs in blue ink, ”W.F. Cody / ‘Buffalo Bill’ / To Simon B. Harris / May 26th 1911”. Original photo from the early 1900’s has an Elmer Chickering blindstamp; the Chickering Studio in Boston took several well-known photos of Cody. 5.75” x 6.5” photo is in fine condition, matted to a size of 10” x 11.5”. Outer edges of mat are chipped and torn, not affecting photo or signature. Writing extends past the photo onto approximately .5” of the mat; fortunately this portion of the mat has no toning. A stunning signed image that brings the Wild West alive. Sold for $1,172.

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Wild West Icon ”Buffalo Bill” Cody 1903 Typed Letter Signed ”W.F. Cody”

Buffalo Bill typed letter signed ”W.F. Cody” and dated 23 October 1903. Letter is typed on ”Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” stationery from Burton-on-Trent, as the entertainer brought his show to England at various points in his career. Reads in full: ”To Whom It May Concern, This is to certify that the bearer W.H. Goodnough has been in the employ of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West during the past ten months and has performed all the duties assigned to him in a satisfactory manner. Buffalo Bills Wild West Company, [signed] W.F. Cody”. Letter on one page measures 8.5” x 10.75”. Also includes a group photo of various employees posing in front of a horse with a handwritten name and ”Buffalo Bill Show” written in an unknown hand. Archival repairs at various spots along folds and minor toning throughout. Very good. Sold for $938.

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”Buffalo Bill” Cody Signed Ticket to His Wild West Show

William “Buffalo Bill” Cody signed ticket to his Wild West show in 1899. Cody signs the ticket “WF Cody” prominently in pencil on the “Compliments of” line. The ticket is titled “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World”, which was the name of Cody’s show beginning in 1893. Measures 4.75″ x 2.25″. Full ticket is in near fine condition. Sold for $916.

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‘Buffalo Bill” Cody Autograph Letter Signed on the Stationery of His ”Cody Enterprise” Newspaper — ”…I drove over the land and it would have been just what you wanted…”

‘Buffalo Bill” Cody autograph letter signed from 1911. Letter on his ”Cody Enterprise” newspaper stationery reads in part: ”My Dear Eli & [illegible]…the land you wanted was on a school section. I drove over the land and it would have been just what you wanted & thought it strange that no one had taken it before. Now I know the reason its a school section. I feel sorry on your account. I sent up to Carter Ranch an old buggy, thinking perhaps Eddie could fix it up so that you could have a buggy…W.F. Cody / I will be at North Platte [Nebraska] February 19th & 20th / After that – Hoffman House New York City”. Single-page letter measures 8.5” x 11”, matted in canvas and framed to an overall size of 26.25” x 21.5”. Near fine. Sold for $916.

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