Crazy Money! Aggie Prof’s Gun Collection Sells For Millions
It’s Crazy Money Day!
Dr Jim Earle was an engineering professor at Texas A & M. He was named a legend of Aggieland in 2000. Dr. Earle loved Western history. For over 50 years, he and his wife amassed an amazing collection of memorabilia. It was auctioned off in August for Crazy Money. Sheriff Pat Garrett’s gun, used to kill Billy the Kid, sold for over $6 million. The shotgun used by Billy the Kid during an escape to New Mexico went for 1 million. Wild Bill Hickok’s Springfield rifle sold for half a million. The list goes on, totaling more than $12 million. Earle’s daughters were not surprised. Their dad stressed how valuable the collection would be one day. One daughter fondly remembers riding to DFW with her parents one night to pick up a Wyatt Earp shotgun that was arriving by plane from California. For her, the auction of her parents’ collection was bittersweet. It was the closing of a chapter.
You know, it’s easy to get caught up in the things of this world. It happens slowly and before you know it, we’re completely ensnared. That’s why Jesus gave us a stern warning in Matthew 6:19-21. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
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