The surviving granddaughters of Alphonse “Al” Capone, one of the country’s most notorious gangsters, are auctioning off a slew of the mob boss’ treasures that include his “favorite” gun and letters to his son he wrote from prison.
Sacramento, California-based auctioneer Witherell’s said it has authenticated the items included in the collection and will run the live auction on Oct. 8.
Among the more eye-popping items listed in the collection is the ruthless racketeer’s “favorite” gun, a Colt .45 pistol that’s been passed down through the generations of Capone’s descendants and will start bidding at $50,000.
The collection, called “A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone,” also includes a platinum Patek Philippe pocket watch monogrammed with 90 single cut diamonds starting at $12,500 and a matching pocket knife monogrammed with 20 single cut diamonds starting at $1,250.
The collection also includes furniture and home trinkets that belonged to Capone and his wife, Mae, as well as family photographs, home movies and some of Capone’s only son Sonny’s belongings.
In total, the collection is expected to sell for $700,000, though prices could always run much higher at the auction.
In 2017, one of Capone’s diamond watches sold for more than $84,000, over three times its pre-auction estimate.
Diane Patricia Capone, Sonny Capone’s daughter, said the family treasures show a side of Al Capone that the public isn’t familiar with.
She will headline an auction preview event on Oct. 7 and sign copies of her book, “Al Capone: Stories My Grandmother Told Me.”
“What people don’t know is his personal story as a father and grandfather and his painful path of redemption while at Alcatraz,” she said in a statement. “That is the unknown Capone I talk about in my book and it’s the story that comes to life with these family treasures.”
The legendary Brooklyn-born mobster, who was often called “Scarface,” ruled gangland Chicago during the Prohibition era and is best known for his 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre” of seven members of rival bootlegger Bugs Moran’s gang.
The feds finally caught up with him in 1931, when he was charged with income tax evasion. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison, much of which he spent at Alcatraz.
Capone was finally released a few years early in 1938 and returned to his Miami Beach mansion. Riddled with syphilis, he suffered a stroke and died in 1947 at age 48.