At a massive auction of mobster’s personal items, Al Capone’s favorite gun sells for £700,000.


Chicago’s most famous mobster, Al Capone reigned over the city for much of the 1920s before his imprisonment at Alcatraz – with his personal items worth more than $3m (£2.2m) all these years later

Al Capone’s favourite gun sold for more than $1 million (£730k) and became the most expensive item in his personal collection when it sold at auction.

The legendary Colt .45 pistol was reportedly passed on by alpha Al to his wife Mae, who gave it to their boy Sonny, who handed it to his daughters before his death in 2004.

Auction “A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone” took place at Witherell’s Auction House in Sacramento, northern California on Friday.

Other headline possessions included a colour photo of his wife holding a terrier which he reportedly held onto while imprisoned at Alcatraz.

Capone died of a heart attack at the age of 48 in Florida, 1947.

Altogether the items sold for well over $3.1m (£2.28m), with 1,500 registered bidders in attendance.

It was supervised by Capone’s family, including granddaughter Diane.

Capone’s Colt went for $860k (£631k), but including a buyer’s fee of 21 percent, the sum totalled at $1.04m (£760k).

House co-founder Brian Witherell said there were several six-figure offers for the pistol when the auction was first announced in August.

Brian said in a statement: “The final selling price, along with the record number of registered bidders, completely exceeded our expectations.

“It really speaks to the notoriety and allure of Al Capone, who is more widely known today than he was 100 years ago.”

The next most expensive item was another of Capone’s guns, a 1908 semi-automatic pistol which went for just under $250k (£184k).

Another key item was a handwritten letter he wrote to Sonny while in jail.

It showed the unexpected tender side of Capone.

The letter dated March 5 1939 reads: “To My Dear Son, Well Son of my heart, here is dear father, who loves you with all my heart and proud to have a son, as smart as you are.

“Give Mother a nice big kiss for me and God bless you both. Your dear Father Alphonse Capone.”

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After leaving prison in 1939, Capone suffered a series of illnesses including syphilis.

Capone had been as famous for his canny ability to avoid the law as for his notorious ruthlessness.

Able to keep his fingers clean of any violent crimes -. Brinkwire presents summary news.


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