Al Capone’s handgun sells for $110,000 at auction

LONDON (AP)
A handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone sold for
nearly $110,000 Wednesday at an auction in London.

The Colt .38
revolver was manufactured in 1929, the year of the St. Valentine’s
Day Massacre, when seven people were slain during clashes in
Chicago between Capone’s gang and a rival mob.

Auctioneer
Christie’s says the gun went for 67,250 pounds ($109,080) to an
anonymous online bidder. It was sold by an anonymous private
collector along with a letter from Madeleine Capone Morichetti, the
widow of Al Capone’s brother Ralph, confirming the gun “previously
belonged to and was only used by Al Capone while he was
alive.”

The sale
price was at the upper end of the pre-sale estimate of between
50,000 pounds and 70,000 pounds. It includes a buyer’s
premium.

The New
York-born mobster Alphonse “Al” Capone dominated the Chicago
underworld during Prohibition until his 1931 arrest for tax
evasion. He died in 1947.

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