On October 8, an auction took place in the US in which they were sold for $ 3.1 million 174 items that belonged to the legendary American gangster Al Capone.
The event, organized by the Californian auction house Witherell’s and called ‘A Century of Notoriety: Al Capone Properties’, was held at a private club and attracted almost 1,500 people, who participated in the bidding for a wide variety of objects such as furniture, photographs, and jewelry.
However, the most popular item was Al Capone’s favorite weapon, a Colt .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was sold for $ 860,000.
“We expected Al Capone’s personal weapon to be the best-selling item, because we immediately received multiple six-figure offers when we announced the auction in August,” said Brian Witherell, co-founder of Witherell’s. “The final sale price, along with the record number of registered bidders, completely exceeded our expectations. It really speaks to the notoriety and appeal of Al Capone, who is better known today than he was a hundred years ago.”
Al Capone was a gangster who operated primarily in Chicago and in the late 1920s and early 1930s became one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals. On October 17, 1931, he was finally convicted of tax evasion and spent several years in the infamous Alcatraz prison. He died at age 48 of pneumonia at his Miami Beach mansion.
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