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April 5, 2011ST. JOSEPH | By: Wayman
A noon auction today in Chicago has sold the only known signed photo of Jesse James.
The unknown buyer paid $51,240 for the one of a kind piece going well past the pre-sale estimate of $30,000. The photo shows James with slicked back hair and gazing away from the camera at an angle. It's signed "JW James" and was sold out of the family after Jesse's widow willed it to her granddaughter. Director of the Jesse James Home Museum in St. Joseph Gary Chilcote says the outlaw rarely signed anything so determining its price is difficult. An official with the Chicago Auction House says the signature is similar to an authentic 2-page letter James signed on the front and back.