Lot 253: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre
Brick removed from the wall of the garage that stood at 2122 N. Clark Street where the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre took place, during which seven Chicago gangsters were lined up against the wall of a garage and shot to death. The brick measures 8.5 x 3.5 x 2.25 and bears an engraved plaque reading: “This is an actual brick from Chicago’s St. Valentines Day Massacre Wall of February 14, 1929 at 2122 N. Clark Street.” The bottom of the brick is labeled “H-9.” Also includes two original press photos related to the massacre, one showing a police dog who ‘witnessed’ the shootings and one showing family members of a victim. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by George M. Patey, who originally acquired the full brick wall when the garage was being demolished; also accompanied by the original envelope from Patey and an audio tape originally enclosed with the brick. Patey offered the bricks individually to collectors but ultimately only seventy or so were sold, with the Las Vegas Mob Museum buying the remainder in bulk to reconstruct the wall in the museum.
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