FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (AP) – Three guns linked to Pancho Villa were auctioned for nearly $29,000, apparently less than what organizers expected the firearms tied to the Mexican revolutionary to fetch.

“That’s the fun of auctions – sometimes you get bargains,” said Amy McMurrough, a spokeswoman for the auction, which was held Saturday near San Antonio.

The prize of the auction – Villa’s Remington single action revolver with his real name, “Doreteo Arango,” engraved on the barrel – sold for $18,000.

A rifle that Villa reportedly dropped in the Rio Grande during a skirmish with opposition forces sold for $7,500, and a pistol owned by Villa’s bodyguard was sold for $3,450.

Besides the guns, a Spanish-made sword belonging to Villa sold for $7,500, McMurrough said.

A pocket pistol that once belonged to “Calamity Jane” sold for $11,000. The gun, among about 1,000 Old West items in the auction, bears the moniker “Martha Jane Cannary,” the frontierswoman’s real name.

In 1916, Villa led a group of irregular fighters in a brief raid into Columbus, N.M., in what is considered the last battle against foreign forces on U.S. soil. Eighteen Americans were killed, prompting an unsuccessful manhunt for Villa. He made his peace with the Mexican government in 1920 but was assassinated in 1923 at the age of 45, likely out of fear he would rise up again.

Last year, Villa’s death mask that featured his prominent mustache and eyebrows sold at auction for $17,000.



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AP-ES-11-11-07 2118EST


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