Al Capone collectibles
Al Capone collectibles are items of crime memorabilia relating to Chicago gangster Alphonse Capone.
Al Capone was an American gangster with a hold over Chicago from the 1920s until the early 1930s.
His monopoly on Prohibition era smuggling and bootlegging of liquor, running of brothels, and mob warfare with rival gangs made him a powerful and intimidating force in Chicago.
Capone was also known for his large charitable donations, so was viewed by some as a Robin Hood figure. He operated casinos and speakeasies, and cut an impressive figure in expensive suits, with cigars and gourmet food and drink. The media made him a celebrity, quoting him: ‘I am just a business man, giving the people what they want… all I do is satisfy a public demand’.
However, his public reputation was damaged in the wake of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre of seven of his rival gang members. It was believed he ordered the massacre, though this has never been proven.
Capone was eventually convicted on tax evasion as a result of the efforts of lawman Eliot Ness and his group The Untouchables, and incarcerated. He died in 1947.
- Al Capone’s armoured car, a 1928 Cadillac V-8 town sedan, sold at RM Auctions for $341,000 in July 2012.
- A 1927 Lincoln Judkins Coupe, believed to be purchased from Al Capone’s personal property auction, sold for $38,000 at VanDerBrink Auctions in June 2007.
- Gold pinkie ring monogrammed ‘AC’ and worn by Al Capone, sold for $6,750 at Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in November 2010.
- Al Capone’s 14k diamond monogrammed ring, sold for $4,250 at Philip Weiss Auctions in February 2008.
- Al Capone’s .38 Police Positive Nickel-plated six shot double-action revolver, sold for £67,250 ($109,080) at Christie’s in June 2011.
- The sheet music to an Italian love song called "Madonna Mia" that Capone transcribed while at Alcatraz, (info at AbcWorldNews/MadonnaMia) which includes Capone's autograph, was up for sale at $65,000 through Kenneth Rendell Collectibles in Boston. It sold in 2013 for an undisclosed amount.
- A signed 5 peso Mexican banknote signed by Al Capone sold for $6,500 at Heritage Auctions in June 2010.
- Signature of Al Capone. Sold for $2,800 by Alexander Autographs in September 2004.
- The typed deposition of Al Capone, a police transcript of an interview, signed by him four times. Sold for $27,600 at Christie’s in May 1994, and again at RR Auction in August 2012, price pending.