CHICAGO — Items once belonging to infamous mobster Al Capone are being auctioned off this fall, offering collectors a chance to own his furniture, jewelry, guns, letters and photos.
The three surviving granddaughters of Capone are auctioning off items from his family’s estate through Witherell’s Luxury Asset Auctioneers, an auction house out of Sacramento.
The items include vintage family photos of Capone and his only son, “Sonny” Capone; his Colt semi-automatic pistol, said to be his favorite handgun; letters from prison; knife collections; furniture; diamond jewelry and more. Among the items are a white gold matchboook cover with the initials “AC” spelled out in diamonds (“few minor scratches,” opening bid $1,250); and his platinum Patek Philippe pocket watch, which also has his initials in diamonds (“Not working at present time. Dial is yellowed. Missing minute hand. Some rust on center post,” opening bid $12,500).
“This is a high-profile auction of international significance and one of the most compelling events in Witherell’s 52-year history,” said Brian Witherell in an interview with Business Wire. Witherell is a co-founder of Witherell’s and guest appraisal expert PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.”
“We are honored that the Capone Family chose Witherell’s to present their most treasured mementos and that they trust us to handle the estate with the diligence and security it requires.”
The auction comes as the three granddaughters share their stories about their experiences with Capone as their grandfather. Diane Patricia Capone, the 77-year-old daughter of Sonny, will sign copies of her 2019 memoir, “Al Capone: Stories My Grandmother Told Me,” at a preview event Oct. 7 in Sacramento. News of the auction was first reported by the Sun-Times.
The live auction will start 8 p.m. Central Oct. 8.
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