The heirs of the legendary gangster hope to put the rest of his personal items in good hands, and at the same time show everyone what a caring father and grandfather the man nicknamed Scarface was.
More than 70 years after the death of Al Capone, his three granddaughters put up items that belonged to their grandfather for an online auction. The auction, titled A Century of Notoriety will take place on October 8th. Buyers are offered 174 lots worth 715,000 dollars: artwork, letters, family photos, jewelry, and even Capone’s pistol.
Experts call one of the most interesting lots a letter to Sonny’s son, which a gangster wrote in 1931 from Alcatraz, where he was serving time on charges of tax evasion. The letter consisting of three pages is estimated at 25,000 to 30,000 dollars. For example, the Patek Philippe Monogram and 90 Diamonds Capone Pocket Watch are expected to go for 12,500 dollars. And the personal Colt of the gangster, which, it is believed, he wore in self-defense and never used in business, is expected to sell for more than 60,000 dollars. The lots also include a series of images of Capone’s photographed together with his family, as well as crystal glassware, porcelain figurines, earrings, money clips, and other jewelry.
Al Capone is probably the most famous American gangster. He was the brightest representative of Chicago’s organized crime during Prohibition and the Great Depression. Al Capone was also engaged in bootlegging and opened free canteens for the poor, introducing such concepts as racketeering and money laundering into circulation, and became famous for being especially ruthless towards competitors. In 1931, Capone received 11 years in prison, but in 1939 he was released for health reasons: by the end of his imprisonment due to progressive syphilis, his physical and mental state was completely shaken. After his release, Capone retired to his Palm Island mansion in Miami, where he died in January 1947.
Capone’s granddaughters, the daughter of his son Sonny Capone, hope that the auction will help restore at least some of their grandfather’s reputation by showing him as a caring family man who repented during his stay in Alcatraz.
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