New tintype photograph of Billy the Kid found?

A close-up of what might be a tintype photograph of Billy the Kid, right, and his friend Dan Dedrick

A tintype photograph belonging to a New Mexico man appears to be of the 19th-century outlaw Billy the Kid and his friend Dan Dedrick.

Could a tintype photograph owned by a Mesilla Valley, N.M., man be of Billy the Kid and a friend?

New tintype of Billy the Kid found?: Billy the Kid would be on the rightPhoto courtesy of Las Cruces Sun-News

A tintype appears to be of Billy the Kid, right, and his friend Dan Dedrick.

Billy the Kid: A tintype that scholars agree is Billy the Kid, taken in 1879 or 1880Wikimedia Commons

A tintype that scholars agree is Billy the Kid, taken in 1879 or 1880

A New Mexico history expert thinks so.

The Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun News reported that Frank H. Parrish of Las Cruces positively identified the young man on the left of the photograph as Dan Dedrick, an ID that he says is the "clincher" to identifying the friend standing next to Dedrick. That's the outlaw Billy the Kid, Parrish says.

The tintype bears some resemblance to the only authenticated tintype photograph of Billy the Kid, the Sun News points out, which is believed to have been taken in 1879 or 1880 at Fort Sumner, N.M. That tintype sold for $2.3 million in 2011.

"There are many purported photo images of Billy the Kid, but only one that is acknowledged by leading historians – until now," Parrish told the Sun News.

Parrish says he was asked to authenticate the tintype photograph by its owner, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Parrish acknowledged that "there will be skeptics and doubters" and welcomed further authentication by other experts.

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