"Wild Bill" Hickok Gun Up for Auction in San Francisco

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    This image released by Bonhams shows a Smith & Wesson revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok. A San Francisco auction house says it’s putting a pistol up for sale that Wild Bill Hickok was wearing when he was shot and killed. Bonhams announced Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 that in November it will auction off the Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver that was on Hickok when Jack McCall shot him in the town of Deadwood in 1876.

    A San Francisco auction house says it's selling the gun "Wild Bill'' Hickok was wearing when he was shot and killed.

    Bonhams announced Monday that it will auction off the Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver in November. It was on Hickok when Jack McCall shot him in the South Dakota town of Deadwood in 1876.

    Hickok is a western folk hero known best for his prowess with a pistol. He was reportedly playing poker in a Deadwood saloon and holding the notorious "dead man's hand'' of aces and eights when McCall shot him in the back.

    Bonhams says the pistol with a 6-inch barrel and rosewood grips will come with a file of documents on its legitimacy.

    The auction house estimates the gun is worth between $300,000 and $500,000.