The rifle that fired the first shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill — at the outbreak of the American Revolution — sold at the Morphy’s Auction House in Denver, PA for $492,000. Auctioneers expected the rifle to sell for around $300,000.
“We [had] the privilege of auctioning a firearm that symbolizes one of the most important battles leading to American independence,” said Morphy’s president Dan Morphy.
“The Simpson gun symbolized one of the most important battles leading to American independence and came with impeccable family provenance and supportive documentation,” added Morphy. “Bidders knew there was no question about this famous gun’s background and authenticity.”
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