Personal items that once belonged to Al Capone, the Prohibition-era crime boss billed as “Public Enemy No. 1,” sold for more than $3.1 million during a private auction on Friday, in which his alleged Favorites included guns, jewelry and family heirlooms.
The most expensive item at auction was a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, Capone’s favorite gun According to Sacramento auction house Witherells, the price was $1,040,600, including a buyer’s premium.
The lot included luxurious accessories worn by Capone, who was known for his bold style, like platinum and diamonds. Patek Philippe Pocket Watch characterized by their initials, a stick pin with diamonds, pearls and sapphires and a white gold and diamonds matchbook cover.
A letter from Capone to his only child, Sonny, when he was Alcatraz. locked in Sold for $56,700 and reads “Give mom a nice big kiss for me and God bless you both.”
Another noteworthy thing Capone’s family says last photo taken so far In 1946, a month before Capone’s death, the picture—showing the crime boss with his wife, Mae, and their grandchildren—sold for nearly $20,000.
There were also dozens of other Capones sold at auction. family photos And home video, some of which included criminal associates of Capone such as New York crime boss Lucky Luciano and other suspected mob members.
According to Witherell, the items were passed through Capone and his wife to Sonny, and then to Sonny’s California-based daughters, who put the item up for auction.
Capone, also known as “Scarface” for the distinctive scar on the left side of his face after being attacked during his days as a club bouncer, began his career in organized crime as part of ? little street gang In New York, his hometown. He moved to Chicago to serve as the right hand of his mentor, Johnny Torrio of the Chicago Outfit, an organized crime syndicate composed mostly of Italian-Americans. Capone later took over as the boss of the Chicago crime family, and is believed to have played a role in its planning. Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, when seven men, mostly Irish-Americans, belonging to the rival North Side gang were gunned down in broad daylight in 1929. The massacre drew attention to Capone and organized crime throughout the East Coast. Capone was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison in 1931, but only served eight because of his ill health. He died in 1947 at his Palm Springs mansion.
Chicago mobster Al Capone’s heirs will auction off his Patek Philippe, a diamond-encrusted pocketknife, and a beloved Colt .45 in October (Businesshala)