LIBERTARIANS  1:14 pm June 27, 2011

Another Koch Brother Who Gets Richer Exploiting America’s Public Lands Buys Trinket For $2.3 Million

by Wonkette Jr.

The Koch Brothers fund all these libertarian propaganda outlets to ensure they tear even more of the nation’s wealth away from its lands and people, and like all evil dynasties their domestic lives are full of treachery and awfulness. That’s why the Koch Brother known as Bill Koch is permanently at war with his siblings, David and Charles Koch. They’ve all been battling over the family fortune for longer than most people have been alive. They are monsters.

Anyway, the “poor one,” Bill Koch — best known for suing David and Charles Koch for stealing the oil from federal and American Indian lands — just dropped $2.3 million to buy the famous “tintype” photographic image of Billy the Kid, a notorious criminal. New Times Palm Beach reports:

Bill Koch, one of the poorer Koch brothers — by “poor” we mean he’s worth $3.5 billion, compared to Charles and David Koch’s $21.5 billion fortune, according to Forbes — dropped a cool couple million on a rare portrait of Billy the Kid over the weekend.

Koch, the head of the energy holding company Oxbow Group in West Palm Beach, adds the tintype photograph to a ridiculous collection of top-shelf collectibles

[New Times]

 

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nounverb911 June 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Bill Koch also won the America's Cup in 1992.

SexySmurf June 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Did he also win the America's Jock Strap?

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Well, it is hardly worth being a Koch without some form of supporter. Or at least a fluffer like Scott Walker.

TrotskysAxe June 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Oh, THAT Bill Koch.

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Not just a rich asshole: He's a watery rich asshole.

SorosBot June 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Is there any sport more patrician than yachting? It makes polo look like a game of the common people.

Serolf_Divad June 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Don't worry, one of the provisions of Paul Ryan's budget calls for replacing the rubber ball used in current Polo championships with the head of a Guatemalan peasant. That should bring the luster back to the game.

horsedreamer_1 June 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Rigoberta, noooooooo!

Noman June 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm
GOPCrusher June 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

And they call Democrats the Elitists.

Hondo June 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Reminds me of an Onion headline.
http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/rich-g

MittsHairHelmet June 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

$2.3 million is 0.0657% of $3.5 billion.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2011 at 7:18 am

Trickle-down economics in action: an antiques dealer got a nice commission.
This is how America became great.

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

That’s why the Koch Brother known as Bill Koch is permanently at war with his siblings, David and Charles Koch.

Put them in the Thunderdome!

Three Plutocrats Enter, One No Plutocrat Leaves.
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HistoriCat June 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Winner – us!

MARCdMan June 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Patience, my friend. The time for that is fast approaching.

BaldarTFlagass June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Why, oh why, couldn't the Koch parents have named one of their kids Richard? Huh? Huh? For the laughs, you know.

TrotskysAxe June 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

One of his grandchildren was named New. But after college, he got tired of the rejection and changed his name to Classic.

Moonbat June 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Or Peter! Really, how hard is this?

(TWSS.)

Schmannnity June 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I guess Harry is totally out of the picture.

Schmannnity June 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Ditto the nickname Red.

Arken June 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Willie Koch not good enough?

DaRooster June 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Flaccid?

bagofmice June 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

The accepted parlance is 4 teh lulz.

powersuit June 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Hero worship.

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

You know who else had a ridiculous collection of top-shelf collectibles?
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Schmannnity June 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Jeffrey Dahmer?

BaldarTFlagass June 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Peggy Guggenheim?

Lascauxcaveman June 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Cleopatra? (museum-quality stuff, no less!)

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

HITLER! is always a good answer, no matter what the question was.
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EatsBabyDingos June 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Billy Carter?

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Speaking of Hitler!, how about the Puppetmaster?
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DaRooster June 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Zeus?

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Every under-taxed Robber Barron ever?

sati_demise June 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

The Walton heiress?

HempDogbane June 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

So he likes pictures of thugs?

horsedreamer_1 June 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I bet Billy Koch is secretly married to Nikki Giovanni — & that's why his father left the bulk of the estate to Chuck & Davy.

Sue4466 June 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

A LOT

MildMidwesterner June 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Weren't the "Young Guns" sort of like a working class union that was always shooting the managers?

SudsMcKenzie June 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Billy the Koch?

Schmannnity June 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Koch fight!

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This reminds me of that classic neo-Western, The Assassination of the American Middle Class By the Cowards David and Charles Koch.

Texan_Bulldog June 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

2.3M for a picture of a dead redneck thug? Tsk tsk… I'm sure there are more governors, senators, judges that could have been paid off to kill the unions with that money.

Goonemeritus June 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

At least when they are spending their money on shit their grandchildren will load in a dumpster they aren’t subverting Democracy.

metamarcisf June 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This trinket is indistinguishable from a piece of trash I spied at the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner last Thursday. $9.95 with free nachos and soft drink included.

BaldarTFlagass June 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Well, I do like the fact that he sued his evil brothers. I wonder if he has a mint copy of Spiderman #1. Or one of them stamps with the upside-down airplane.

PsycWench June 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Or a Honus Wagner baseball card

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm
SpurningBeer June 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Or a rare draft copy of the Declaration of Independence containing the word "suckers."

freakishlywrong June 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

60 Minutes did a repeat of the show where they highlight these kids that live in Orlando area of America's dingus. They live in motels and the school buses have re-arranged their routes to pick them up. Their parents are honorable working folk who have fallen down in this awful economy. But, good thing this asshole could afford a photograph of a criminal for a coupla million. Coulda made better use of that filthy lucre, maybe?

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Hey, he created jobs in the important auction-house sector of the economy, and the brokers no doubt used their cut to go to dinner somewhere, which ensured a fractional portion of the salaries for at least one waiter, one cook, and one dishwasher, and all of those people get to pay bills and rent, so don't be so quick to gripe.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

A dick in the hand is worth two in a bush.

bagofmice June 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

I'm afraid you've gotten that one a bit backwards. Or kinky.

EatsBabyDingos June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Another meat puppet playing with his meat.

baconzgood June 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

$2,300,000 on a tin type? I'm feeling a little sick.

(this comment is 100% snark free)

Serolf_Divad June 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

<blocquote>(this comment is 100% snark free)

Here, allow me to help:

"$2,300,000 on a tin type? What's the matter, couldn't afford the silver type?"

natoslug June 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I've got an assload of photo-effects options in my photo software. Next time he needs an overpriced, crappy looking photo, I'll do it for half that price. C'mon Bill — call me! I'll even throw the baby-dolphin skin photo frame for free.

mumbly_joe June 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Meanwhile, in the Mumbly family, having a full-time job that gets me under 45k/year and savings of less than a thousand dollars makes me "one of the richer Mumbly brothers".

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

We should cut taxes on the rich, so you'll have something to aspire to.

EatsBabyDingos June 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

The only good Koch brother is named Jim, for unto Jim was born a good beer from Boston.

horsedreamer_1 June 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

"Please, address me as 'Cap'n'".

comrad_darkness June 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Today we are all former owners of Billy the Kid photographs. Well, no we aren't, but that would work great for us all if we could be; wouldn't it?

SayItWithWookies June 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Feeling nostalgic for the days of honest criminality, eh Mr. Koch? Used to be, a guy would point a gun at your face and demand your money — now they set up astroturf organizations and convince their victims they want to give some greedy bastard their money.

HistoriCat June 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I prefer to buy Congressmen. They're nowhere near pretty but you can get some use out of them at least.

Lascauxcaveman June 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Well, when class war turns to war in the streets, if you find yourself looting his burning manse, try to pull out this trinket and save it for The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in OKC. It looks a good place for such an artifact.

BlueStateLibel June 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I want to see him take it on Antiques Roadshow, when they appraise it for $250, after they drag out of him how much he paid for it.

James Michael Curley June 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Is the purchaser of the Michael Jackson Jacket for $1.8 million Milton J. Verrett, late of a 1981 USPS Fraud Complaint for selling silver dollars through the mail with highly exagerated claims for their value and a 1998 S.E.C injunction for Chap 33 fraud?

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

All of them, Katie.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Well, all I can say is thank God no one wants to raise taxes on the wealthy. They are barely getting by as it is. No wonder Ryan and the rest walked out on Biden. Can you imagine the suffering if any of these Kochs had to pay one more cent in taxes?

GOPCrusher June 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

After ten years of tax cuts, I can't hardly walk out of my front door what with all the corporate assholes begging me to come work for them because they've created more jobs then there are Americans to work them.

GOPCrusher June 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This is why they need more tax cuts.

Sue4466 June 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Some guy paid $2.3 million for rare picture of a kid named Billy? Pervert.

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

billy the kidd looks kinda twee in that tintype, doesn't he?

DerrickWildcat June 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

The Dich Brothers are even bigger pricks.

sati_demise June 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

this may be the 'good' brother. Stealing oil from Native Americans was a step too far even for him……

lochnessmonster June 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Hey, I have some tin types and de guirre (sp.) type photos….think he'll pay me a few million for my relatives photos?

mathme June 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Photographic proof of sea monsters? Hell yeah he will!

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I agree–and in the meantime, fortunately, reloading the page usually cycles to a new, non-autoplay ad.

ttommyunger June 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Gosh, maybe now, with possession of this piece of metal with no intrinsic utility, he will feel some sense of accomplishment, inner peace, satisfaction. NOT! HAW,HAW,HAW HAW!!!!!!!

poncho_pilot June 28, 2011 at 2:41 am

fuck, for $2.3M you'd think you could get the real thing, not just a photo. if i ever end up that rich i promise to buy someone's 100+ year old remains just because i could.

hagajim June 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

If penis size is measured in dollars, those are some HUGE Kochs!!

edywin2 June 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Buy the remains of the elephant man, and Michael Jackson, grind them up into a pastiche and serve them up on some Scottish shortbread cookies to all my rich pals. Now thats how I would act classy if I had only 5 bil.
Sheeat!

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