February 17, 2011As most of you know, the one and only Billy the Kid tintype is going up for auction this summer and is expected to bring $300,000 to $500,000. Why so much? Well, of the four taken, it is the only known surviving image of the Kid AND the Kid actually held it in his hand (in fact, he put it in the pocket of the sweater he is wearing in the photo and the thread pattern adhered to the surface of the photo).
Brian Lebel is bringing this incredible Old West artifact to the True West offices this morning. Photos to follow.
Grabbed a study out of my failure pile this morning and worked on it before coming into work. Added some deep gully riders to the bottom. Needs a tad more work, but I like the mood and effects:
"People show their true character by what they laugh at."
—Old Vaquero Saying