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Annie Oakley’s hat, guns going on auction block: Associated Press Business News – MSN Money

Annie Oakley

DALLAS AP – Relatives of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley are offering up a collection of items – including her Stetson hat, guns, letters and photographs – in an auction that one expert says hits the mark for its breadth and sentimental value.

On Sunday, Heritage Auctions will offer up about 100 Oakley-related items in Dallas, including a 12-gauge Parker Brothers shotgun that is expected to fetch about $100,000. Two Marlin .22 caliber rifles are expected to sell for more than $20,000 each.

Oakley gained fame in the 1880s and 1890s for her shooting skills as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. She died in 1926 at the age of 66, but has remained a pop culture icon.

“The country kind of took her to heart,” said Tom Slater, Heritage’s director of Americana auctions.

Over the decades, her likeness has appeared on everything from dolls to lunchboxes and her life story inspired a Hollywood movie and Broadway’s “Annie Get Your Gun.”

“She was just sparkling as a public performer,” said Paul Fees, former senior curator at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., with whom Heritage consulted on the auction. “This petite person handling firearms was startling. She was a natural at it. She made it look easy.”

The items are being offered up by Oakley’s great-grandnieces — sisters Tommye Tait and Terrye Holcomb of California. They inherited the items from their mother, Billie Butler Serene, who died in 2009 at the age of 95.

Serene was raised by her grandparents, and her grandfather, William Butler, was the brother of Oakley’s husband, Frank Butler, a marksman who became Oakley’s manager. Oakley and Frank Butler frequently visited and Oakley taught Serene how to handle a gun.

“They were fun and they were almost like surrogate grandparents to her,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said that she had grown up with many of the items, such as Oakley’s famous Stetson with a ribbon trim — expected to sell for more than $4,000 — which was a favorite for school plays and Halloween costumes.

But Holcomb and her sister didn’t realize how many of Oakley’s possessions their mother had until they went through the West Los Angeles house after her death.

via Annie Oakley’s hat, guns going on auction block: Associated Press Business News – MSN Money.

Strange Random Annie Oakley Quote:

“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.”

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