It’s not everyday that you stumble upon something this amazing.
When Randy Guijarro purchased a $2 vintage photo at a memorabilia shop in California, he had absolutely no idea it was the historical find of a lifetime. Initially, he didn’t make anything of it — thinking that he simply bought a really cool photo from 1878.
It wasn’t until after he viewed the image from beneath a microscope that he realized its true value.
He spent the following five years searching for a legitimate answer regarding the mysterious 4 x 5 tintype photo, which he believed featured infamous American outlaw Billy the Kid.
Recently, an auction house insured the photo for $5 million. As it turns out, it is an authentic photo showing Billy the Kid and members of his gang, The Regulators, enjoying a game of croquet. Billy the Kid is the fourth person from the left in the photograph.
“I hope this prompts others out there to look into trunks and attics because there are so many lost treasures out there,” Guijarro told the Guardian.
It is one of only two photographs of Billy the Kid known to exist. The other was bought by billionaire William Koch back in 2011 for $2.3 million at an auction in Denver.