Texas auction house sells John Brown's leg irons

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This June 17, 2013 provided by Heritage Auctions, shows the pair of leg irons, or shackles, believed to be those used on John Brown during his incarceration at the Charlestown, W.Va., jail following his arrest during the raid at Harper's Ferry W.Va. John Brown's capture of the Federal Arsenal at Harper's Ferry on Oct. 17, 1859 as part of a failed attempt to incite a slave uprising is seen by most historians as the spark that ignited the Civil War. They have been passed down in the family of John Boling, of Idaho, for six generations, after being obtained by a decedent shortly after Brown’s execution. They are expected to bring more than $10,000 when they come up for auction on June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)
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DALLAS (AP) — The leg irons that restrained abolitionist John Brown after his failed 1859 raid on a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., have sold at auction for $13,145.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the winning bidder declined to be identified.

Hundreds of in-person, telephone and online bidders were vying Saturday for various items. They include a gun belt owned by legendary outlaw Jesse James and the trademark white suit worn by Kentucky Fried Chicken founder "Colonel" Harland Sanders.

Many scholars believe Brown and his raid hastened the start of the Civil War as he tried to end slavery.

The Connecticut native and some followers seized the arsenal, hoping to provide 100,000 weapons to slaves who never joined them. Brown later was hanged.

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