Skip to comments.PANCHO VILLA DEATH MASK FETCHES $17,000
Posted on 06/19/2006 8:50:10 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
FREDERICKSBURG Pancho Villa's death mask, featuring the famous Mexican outlaw's prominent mustache and eyebrows, sold at auction Sunday for $17,000. The mask was sold to a private collector who wished to remain anonymous, said Scott Franks, owner of Waco-based A&S Antique Auction Co., which held the auction. The mask was among hundreds of eclectic items from the collections of Charles Trois, an eccentric retired artist who built a European-style village across from Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg.
The Villa death mask is said to have been made the day after his assassination in 1923. Villa, born Jose Doroteo Arango Arambula, joined the Mexican Revolution in 1910, fighting the government with peasant armies. He rose in the ranks to become one of the war's best-known generals and was known to use firing squads. Although Trois claims that the mask is the only original, Villa scholar Ray Sadler said there might be four masks.
Doroteo is to Dorothy,
as Mario is to Maria
it is the masculine form of the name.
I want to see if it resembles Helen Thomas in any way.
Yes, very well aware of that. However, Dorothy in English is still Dorothy and immensely funny (at least to me) for a man's name who was supposed to be a dangerous bandit.
Thanks for the post of an image.
Mexico's Al Zarqawi.
No wonder he grew up mean!
Are you sure? Sounds more like Orange Doritos ...........
So his real name wasn't Phineas Abercrombie-Fitch IV, after all.
How much for the Vicente Fox death mask? We should plan ahead.
What's a "death mask"?
I casting taken of someone's face after death. Of course, a life mask would be one taken when one is still alive.
I don' need no steenkin' death mask!
I'll go with the Cheech version and treat everyone with the dif at Taco Bell...VAMOS MUCHACHOS...
Hey I saw that guy last week cleaning the neighbors pool and taking their garbage to the dump.
Well we have at least one person that has no understanding of early 20th century North American history. If I were you I would look to Wilson's needless, unwanted, and completely over the top intervention into issues that were none of his business (besides supporting Villa's cause for a time BTW). And after ruining Mexico, less than three years later, his actions leave Europe in political ruins and stir up problems for over 80 years. Both 'causes' were part of his larger 'spreading democracy' nonsense.
Villa may not have been the nicest of people, and he may have even caused some problems needlessly on the US border. But Wilsonian actions in Mexico did not assist in the issue. But it did assist in giving General Pershing a good wandering walkabout eh?
so lets not confuse Villa with Zapata eh.(he coulda been a contenda)
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