Al Capone’s signature at Gangster auction



2015-06-26 11:13:25

Al Capone’s signature at Gangster auction

RR Auction has announced a new consignment to their September 30th auction of Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen: the four-times signed deposition of notorious mobster Al Capone.

The transcript of his interrogation on January 24th, 1925 by the Chicago Police relates the deadpan, monosyllabic responses Capone gave to detectives investigating the attempted murder of his former mentor and associate John Torrio. It is signed four times with his full name, ‘Alphonse Capone’, one on each of the four pages of typescript. Included are a further 46 pages of police interviews, testimony and notes, often signed by key witnesses.

John Torrio brought his protégé Capone along to Chicago with him to manage some brothels. While there, Capone branched out into the highly profitable business of whiskey bootlegging during the prohibition years. After the shooting, Torrio recovered and fled to Italy. While it was in fact the rival O’Bannion gang that attempted to kill Torrio, the result was that Capone was left in supreme control, with unchallenged rule over Chicago crime until his conviction of tax fraud.

The deposition previously fetched $25,000 at an auction in 1994. The rare examples of Capone’s autograph make it incredibly sought-after. It is expected to fetch up to $100,000.

Another fascinating Capone item to be offered is a musical manuscript, an original composition penned by Capone called Madonna Mia. Capone wrote this while incarcerated at Alcatraz. It is signed and inscribed to the gangster’s favourite Jesuit priest. The item is framed with a photograph of a cigar-smoking Capone.

The lyrics state ‘in a quaint Italian garden, while the stars were all a-glow, once I heard a lover singing to the one that he loved so. In that quaint Italian garden ‘neath the starry sky above, ev’ry night he’d serenade her with his tender song of love. Madonna Mia you’re the bloom of the roses you’re the charm that reposes, in the heart of a song, Madonna Mia, with your true love to guide me let whatever betide me. I will never go wrong, there’s only one moon above, one golden sun, there’s only one that I love, you are the one. Madonna Mia, this I vow here before you, til the end I’ll adore you’.

It seems unusual that Capone dedicated this passionate love song about his wife Mae to a priest. This is the only known example of such an article, showing a tender side to the infamous gangster, and is expected to garner much interest.


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