Al Capone memorabilia sells for $3m at auction

A sale of items belonging to notorious US gangster Al Capone has raked in $3m (£2.2m) at an auction held over the weekend in Sacramento, California.

Some 174 items – including personal photographs and firearms as well as jewellery and furniture – featured.

The event, called A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone, was held at a private club and attracted nearly 1,000 bidders.

The most popular item was Capone’s favourite gun, which went for $860,000.

A .45 auto pistol which was described as American gangster Al Capone's favourite gun is displayed ahead of an auction in Sacramento, California, U.S., October 5, 2021
One of the items on sale was said to be the gangster’s favourite gun, a Colt .45-calibre semi-automatic pistol (REUTERS)

 

The gun is believed to have reached the highest selling price for a 20th-Century firearm sold at auction, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Al Capone was a Chicago mobster known as Public Enemy Number One for his relatively brief reign as crime boss in the 1920s during the Prohibition era. He was eventually imprisoned for tax evasion, and spent several years locked up in Alcatraz.

Guns and glassware that belonged to American gangster Al Capone and his son Sonny are displayed ahead of an auction in Sacramento, California, on 5, October 2021.
Guns and glassware that belonged to the gangster and his son Sonny also went on sale (REUTERS)

 

The belongings remained in the possession of his family for almost 75 years after his death in 1947.

Christa Davis looks at pictures of American gangster Al Capone that are displayed ahead of an auction of his belongings in Sacramento, California, on 5 October 2021
There were also photographs on sale, displayed here ahead of an auction. (REUTERS)

 

Diane Capone – one of of Al Capone’s three surviving three granddaughters, who live in California – said the decision to sell the items was based on her and her sisters getting older, Reuters reports.

Diane Capone, granddaughter of American gangster Al Capone, stands next to a painting of her grandfather and father, Sonny Capone, from the 1920s before the auction on 5 October 2021
Diane Capone, Capone’s granddaughter, stands next to a painting of her grandfather and father, Sonny Capone, from the 1920s (REUTERS)

 

She also said the increasing threat of wildfires to their homes in northern California had been a factor.

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