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Two firearms seized during a raid of a hideout of the legendary outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde will be put up for auction later this month.



The .45-caliber 1921 Thompson sub-machine gun, also known as a 'Tommy gun', and an 1897 12-gauge Winchester shotgun will be sold by Mayo Auction & Realty in Kansas City.

On April 13, 1933, police raided an apartment in Joplin, Missouri, where Bonnie and Clyde were hiding out.

A photo of Bonnie and Clyde taken between 1932 and 1934


Two officers died in the shootout. The notorious robbery partners escaped. A police officer gave the weapons to Mark Lairmore, a police officer at the time, and they have remained in the family ever since, according to an account posted on the Mayo website.

Mr Lairmore's great-grandson, also named Mark Lairmore, said his father and grandfather were dead and there was little sentimental reason to keep the guns.

"I feel it's time for someone with an appreciation of antique guns and the history behind these guns to own them and care for them," Mr Lairmore said in a statement.

Although the guns' colourful history is expected to greatly excite collectors, auction company owner Robert Mayo declined to estimate the value of the guns.

"A lot of people have a fascination with Bonnie and Clyde and it's very rare we get a chance to sell something like this," Mr Mayo said.

The gangster couple were gunned down in a police ambush in May 1934 in Louisiana, a little more than a year after the shootout in Joplin.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty played them in the 1967 hit movie Bonnie And Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn...............joe
 
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