Top 10: Crime memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:28:02

10) In Cold Blood case files, the Clutter murder case

Four items from the personal archives of Special Agent Harold R. Nye, one of the principal detectives for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in charge of the 1959 Clutter murder investigation, made famous by Truman Capote in his bestselling book "In Cold Blood,", sold by private treaty with an estimated value of $20,000 by Vintage Memorabilia in August 2012. These included a first edition of In Cold Blood inscribed to Agent Harold Nye and signed by 12 others associated with the case and the 1967 film; a First edition of Truman Capote's "Selected Writings" inscribed to Harold Nye; and two Autograph Letters Signed sent by Truman Capote to Harold Nye in 1962 discussing highly relevant details of the case, including exasperation of the Kansas Supreme Court delaying the execution of the killers, thus further delaying Capote's efforts to finish the book.

9) Bonnie & Clyde

Clyde Barrow’s army revolver, sold for $25,850 at Christie’s in June 2001. A signed photograph of Clyde sold for $13,000 at Alexander Autographs in September 2004, and a signed photograph of Clyde with his partner in love and crime Bonnie Parker sold for $21,850 at Christie’s in April 1996.

8) Wyatt Earp

Wild West Lawman Wyatt Earp, a manuscript document of the deposition in his first homicide case, dated 1870, sold for $26,290 at Christie’s in December 2003.

7) Theodore Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber)’s possessions were all sold at a charity auction by the United States Marshals service in June 2011, the money given to victims and victims’ families. The top lot was an archive of 20 personal journals written in diary fashion with confessions to bombings, sold for $40,676. His Corona typewriter on which he typed his Unabomber manifesto sold for $22,003, a handwritten copy of said manifesto for $20,053, and his hoodie and sunglasses for $20,025.


6) John Wilkes Booth

A signed letter by President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth sold for $65,000 at Skinner auctions in November 2004. A book signed by John Wilkes Booth, titled ‘Rifle Practice: An elementary treatise upon the theory of rifle firing’ by C. M. Wilcox, sold for $25,640 at an RR Auction.

5) Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin sold for $87,000 in December 2010. His signed Guidebook for Marines, sold for $72,500 at Heritage Auctions in June 2008. The bloodstained toe tag taken from his cadaver plus lock of his hair sold for $67,500 at Guernsey’s in March 2008. The hat Jack Ruby was wearing when he shot Lee Harvey Oswald, sold for $50,000 at Guernsey’s in March 2008. Lee Harvey Oswald’s getaway taxi cab sold for $35,750 at RM Auctions in June 2010.

4) John Dillinger

The Colt Army Special Revolver used to shoot John Dillinger in 1934 sold for $95,600 in 2009. Autographed letter signed by John Dillinger written in 1932. Sold for $60,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in July 2009. John Dillinger’s getaway car, sold for $34,500 at Christie’s in April 1998. John Dillinger blood-stained $1 bill, from the night he was gunned down, sold for $14,340 at Heritage Auctions. John Dillinger’s wooden gun, used to escape from prison. Carved wooden gun painted black with shoe polish, a 25 inch piece of copper as the barrel. Sold for $19,120 at Heritage Auctions.

3) Al Capone

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. Al Capone’s 1927 Lincoln Judkins Coupe, sold for $38,000 at VanDerBrink Auctions in June 2007. Typed deposition of Al Capone, signed four times. Sold at Christie’s for $27,600 in May 1994.

2) Jesse James

Jesse James signed letter, dated 1875. Sold for $175,500 at Christie’s in December 2004. Frank and Jesse James reward poster, sold for $47,500 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show and Auction in June 2012. Albumen print cabinet card photograph of Jesse James, sold for $42,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in April 2011.

1) Billy the Kid

A Billy the Kid tintype photograph sold for $2,000,000 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show and Auction in June 2011. Another tintype of Billy the Kid sold for $32,500 at Engel Auction Company in May 2007.


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