2018-06-13 / News

Collection tied to Battle of Little Bighorn goes to auction

DALLAS (AP) - A man who spent decades amassing artifacts related to the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn and those who famously faced off there is putting his collection up for auction.

Heritage Auctions will offer more than 260 items from the collection Saturday in Dallas.

It includes a rifle the auction house says was used during the battle in which the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry, led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, was decimated by American Indians. That rifle is expected to sell for more than $200,000.

Steve Lansdale of Heritage Auctions says a lock of hair belonging to Custer, who died in the battle, sold for $12,500, more than six times the pre-auction estimate of $2,000.

Glen Swanson, a 78-year-old retired filmmaker, says he's spent about 40 years collecting the items.

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