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Al Capone’s favorite weapon and personal items are auctioned for over R$17 million



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Reproduction / Forbes

Al Capone was the head of the Chicago crime family

personal items of al Capone, the boss of Prohibition-era crime in the United States, billed as “Public Enemy No. 1,” was sold for over 17 million reais (US $ 3.1 million) in the ‘a private auction last week, including his allegedly favorite weapon, jewelry and heirlooms.

The most expensive item was a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, Capone’s favorite weapon, according to Sacramento Witherell’s auction house. The object reached the worth BRL 5.7 million ($ 1.04 million), including the buyer’s premium.

Associated press

Associated press

Capone’s favorite weapon, a 45 caliber Colt

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The lot included luxurious accessories worn by Capone, known for his daring style, such as a Patek Philippe platinum and diamond pocket watch with his initials, a pin with diamonds, pearls and sapphires and a matchbox with a cover in white gold and diamonds.

A letter Capone wrote to his only son, Sonny, while he was incarcerated at Alcatraz, sold for R $ 312,000 (US $ 56,700) and said, “Give Mum a big kiss for me and God bless you both ”.

Another interesting element is what Capone’s family say is the last photo of the crime boss ever taken, showing him with his wife, Mae, and their grandchildren in 1946 – a month before his death. The photograph was sold for almost R $ 110,000 (US $ 20,000).

Associated press

Associated press

Pocket watch, in platinum and diamonds, from the Patek Philippe brand

Dozens of other Capone family photos and personal videos have also been auctioned, some of which show criminals associated with Al, such as New York crime boss Lucky Luciano and other suspected Mafia members. .

The objects were passed on by Capone and his wife to their son Sonny – who then passed them on to their daughters in California. They were the ones who put the items up for auction, according to Witherell.

Al Capone, also known as “Scarface” for the marks he had on the left side of his face after being attacked when he was a club bouncer, began his career in organized crime at breast of small street gangs in his hometown of New York Christmas. He moved to Chicago to serve as the right-hand man for his mentor, Johnny Torrio, of Chicago Outfit, an organized crime syndicate made up mostly of Italian-Americans.

Capone went on to take over as head of the Chicago criminal family and is believed to have been instrumental in planning the Valentine’s Day massacre, when seven men linked to the rival North Side gang, made up mostly of Irish-Americans, were murdered. in broad daylight in 1929. The massacre drew attention to Capone and organized crime on the east coast. In 1931, Capone was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison, but only served eight due to poor health. He died in 1947 in his Palm Springs mansion.

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