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

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

    • SexySmurf

      Did he also win the America's Jock Strap?

      • Lionel[redacted]Esq

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

    • TrotskysAxe

      Oh, THAT Bill Koch.

    • Doktor Zoom

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

    • SorosBot

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

      • Serolf_Divad

        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

          Rigoberta, noooooooo!

      • GOPCrusher

        And they call Democrats the Elitists.

    • Hondo

      Reminds me of an Onion headline.

  • MittsHairHelmet

    $2.3 million is 0.0657% of $3.5 billion.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

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

  • 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.

    • HistoriCat

      Winner – us!

    • MARCdMan

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

  • BaldarTFlagass

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

    • TrotskysAxe

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

    • Moonbat

      Or Peter! Really, how hard is this?


    • Schmannnity

      I guess Harry is totally out of the picture.

      • Schmannnity

        Ditto the nickname Red.

    • Arken

      Willie Koch not good enough?

    • DaRooster


    • bagofmice

      The accepted parlance is 4 teh lulz.

  • powersuit

    Hero worship.

  • You know who else had a ridiculous collection of top-shelf collectibles?

    • Schmannnity

      Jeffrey Dahmer?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Peggy Guggenheim?

    • Lascauxcaveman

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

    • HITLER! is always a good answer, no matter what the question was.

    • EatsBabyDingos

      Billy Carter?

    • Speaking of Hitler!, how about the Puppetmaster?

    • DaRooster


    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Every under-taxed Robber Barron ever?

    • sati_demise

      The Walton heiress?

  • HempDogbane

    So he likes pictures of thugs?

    • horsedreamer_1

      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

      A LOT

  • MildMidwesterner

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

  • SudsMcKenzie

    Billy the Koch?

  • Schmannnity

    Koch fight!

  • Doktor Zoom

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

  • Texan_Bulldog

    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

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

  • metamarcisf

    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

    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

      Or a Honus Wagner baseball card

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

  • freakishlywrong

    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

      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

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

    • bagofmice

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

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Another meat puppet playing with his meat.

  • baconzgood

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

    (this comment is 100% snark free)

    • Serolf_Divad

      <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?"

    • 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

    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

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

  • EatsBabyDingos

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

  • horsedreamer_1

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

  • comrad_darkness

    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

    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

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

  • Lascauxcaveman

    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

      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

    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

    All of them, Katie.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    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

      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

    This is why they need more tax cuts.

  • Sue4466

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

  • fuflans

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

  • The Dich Brothers are even bigger pricks.

  • sati_demise

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

  • lochnessmonster

    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

      Photographic proof of sea monsters? Hell yeah he will!

  • Doktor Zoom

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

  • ttommyunger

    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

    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

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

  • edywin2

    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.

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