The family of Frank and Jesse James is questioning the authenticity of a photo that was once in the collection of a museum in Adams County.
The original photograph of the James brothers that reportedly was taken when they were young sold July 31 for $12,000 at a Scottsdale, Ariz., auction house to a bidder in Phoenix. J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC of Scottsdale had estimated that the tintype image would sell for $40,000 to $60,000.
According to J Levine, the photo was originally in the collection of Ziebarth's Farm Museum in Adams County.
J Levine, which had contacted the Tribune about the photo's local connection prior to the taking of bids, stated in its listing that the image was "a historic, original tintype photograph of Frank (sitting) and Jesse James (standing) taken just prior to Frank's enlistment in the Confederate Army. Measures approx 2-1/2 by 3 inches and is in wonderful condition for its age. This museum quality find has been in family of Edward Ziebarth for over 100 years."
The image is said to have possible ties to the James brothers' mother, Zeralda James-Samuel, according to J Levine.