At approximately 9:15 am on 23rd May 1934, the notorious Great Depression-era criminals, outlaws, and loving-couple Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow while driving a stolen Ford V8 Deluxe on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, were ambushed and shot to death in a hail of bullets by a posse four Texas and two Louisiana officers.
At that time, the temporary deafened officers inspected the heavily perforated vehicle and discovered an arsenal of weapons including stolen automatic rifles, sawed-off semi-automatic shotguns, assorted handguns, and several thousand rounds of ammunition, along with 15 sets of license plates from various states. And interestingly, some of those guns of the most legendary outlaws in American history who were immortalized in Arthur Penn’s classic 1967 film frequently comes on the auction blocks and fetches huge prices. Last year, the Bonnie and Clyde’s weapons including a Colt .38-caliber revolver and .45 caliber pistol, were bought by a single bidder for $504,000 at RR Auction in Amherst, and this year a Smith & Wesson .32L caliber revolver that was taken from the ill-fated car of the young gangster couple in love, will be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday, Feb 2nd by Mayo Auction & Realty.
This particular Bonnie and Clyde gun which is regarded to be the highlight of the auction which offers over 250 noted firearms, was first removed from the stolen Ford by Louisiana Deputy Sheriff Reginald Hightower, who was however not present at the ambush.
Later, when the Barrow family threatened a lawsuit for the return of the car’s contents, Hightower gave the gun to his sister-in-law, Vern, a widow, for protection.
However, Vern kept the gun with her until early 1980s, when she gave it to Dr. Rich’s father, A.D. Rich, who was managing Vern’s bills and keeping up her house.
Additionally, watch out the iconic final scene where Bonnie and Clyde meet their ill-fate. This death scene has become legendary not only for the rapid-fire editing, but also the blood-soaked approach to depicting death on film.