January 25, 2008

Alcatraz flag sells for $60K

Alcatraz flag is sold for $60,000"Old Glory's Helper Flag," the largely forgotten banner that flew over a guard tower at Alcatraz at times during the 1969-71 Indian occupation, sold for $60,000 Thursday to a Texas bookstore owner who in recent years has purchased a lock of Che Guevara's hair and a guitar once owned by Jimi Hendrix.

Bill Butler, 61, who lives near Houston, said he bought the flag to add to his collection of artifacts from the 1960s.

"I felt that Old Glory's Helper Flag needed to be in friendly hands," Butler said from his home in Texas. "I'm not an American Indian, but I have always supported the American Indian movement. I think this flag is an important part of that history."

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