Pancho Villa Trigger Finger For Sale in Texas
Recognizes His Work
The trigger finger of the Mexican revolutionary Pancho
Villa, which has been in a shop in Texas is for sale for
more than nine thousand dollars without guaranteeing its
The finger is the work of Mark Frierson,
a sculptor who specialized in sideshow art.
The displays is made to make people think that it is
real, Frierson explained, he was surprised and its funny
that there is some much attention around the piece
which has been on display in Dave's Pawn Shop for sale
for quite awhile.
I have been told that many Mexicans cross the border
for one reason and that is to see it, Frierson said.
Itís surprising, that one of his many creations attracts
as much interest and curiosity.
Frierson first read (last Tuesday) an article by an
international news agency, about the supposed finger of Pancho Villa being for sale.
stated that reporters from different media outlets visit
daily wishing more information about the finger.
Frierson said he noticed the finger several months ago
on the Internet which was for sale at Daveís Pawn
I saw the photo and I recognized the piece. It was one
of mine, I created it, he said.
The finger is in the same
display in which I use and the note that explains the
history of the finger is
also include with each of my gaffed fingers the history
of Villasí finger comes framed.
History include with the Poncho Villa Finger by Mark
It is very probable that the pawn shop
also has the authenticity certificate that I include
with each of my pieces, the artists said.
said that this is a ridiculous situation that one of my
pieces is offered for more than nine thousand dollars
when I sell them for around a hundred.
The Villa finger is one of the most popular creation
that I make, he stated.
I have created between 25 and 50 pieces,
they have certainly become popular with collectors, said
the 46 year old artist and he has dedicated 20 years to
creating this type of gaffs.
My Pancho Villa fingers are found in many
parts of the country, In fact one is owned by Willie
Nelson a well know country music entertainer and he
displays it in his home.
gave one to Nelson after Nelson added the song" Pancho
and Lefty" to his repertoire. The song is an account of
the history of a Mexican bandit called Pancho, although
without direct reference to the Mexican revolution,
whose true name was Doroteo Arango.
remembered making the first finger in 2005, after that I
found a woman who sold the reliquaries which I found to
be a great way to display the fingers in.
I read about the history of Pancho Villa
and how after being buried, someone violated his tomb
and the robber took his head. I imagined that if his
skull was lost, then maybe one of his fingers could have
been taken also.
I had the idea to combine one of the
framed history that I was making with one of the Villa
fingers. It was the right trigger finger of Pancho
Villa which I felt would be the best to use. Thatís how
the piece was born, he explained.
Article submitted by Mark Frierson
Entire article can be found in Spanish here
Villa Trigger Finger by Mark Frierson
collection of John Robinson