The first item for sale on an auction site listing Al Capone’s possessions depicts a man in a loving family.
There are black-and-white photographs of him and his mother shining on each other. Then there is a picture of a golden picture frame of a gangster with arms around his only child, Albert Francis. Both wear fedora hats and crisp suit jackets.
Continuing to scroll through the belongings for sale on the Witharel auction house website reveals even more sinister items, Capone may have been known to her grandchildren as a dad, but he is violent. Reminds potential buyers that he was also the boss of a mob. Ordered the massacre of St. Valentine’s Day. There, seven men were killed in a Chicago garage by a gangster disguised as a police officer.
Called “A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone,” the collection also includes some of his firearms, including Capone’s favorite 1911 Colt .45 pistol. Witherell’s founder Brian Witherell said live bidding won’t start until October 8th, but Colt already has two six-digit offers.
This is a sign of continued attraction to gangsters who have been dead for over 70 years.
“This will be big,” said Witherel. “We’ve been long enough to know what gets traction, but this exceeds our highest expectations.”
Capone, known as Scarface, died in January 1947 at a villa on Palm Island, Florida, from a complication of stroke and pneumonia. He was 48 years old.
His possessions remained in the family and eventually went to the four daughters of Albert Francis Capone, known as Sony.
One of her daughters, Diane Capone, sells her property because she and her two surviving sisters, who live in and around Auburn, California, are old and afraid of what the item will look like. Said that he decided on. A wildfire that recently struck Northern California forced them to flee quickly.
“We’ve spent the last two years with our suitcases by the door,” Capone said.
A total of 174 items include furniture, watches, a white gold matchbook cover that Capone used to store cigar matchsticks, and a letter from prison to Sony Capone. Capone jewelery is also on sale, including diamond stick pins and gorgeous tie bars with the letters “AL” studded with diamonds.
Capone, 77, said she realized that there was a “tremendous gap” between her grandfather’s private and public life. This is explained in detail in newspapers, movies and books.
“Do I know that he did a lot of bad things and ordered his people to do bad things?” She said. “Yes, of course. But I also know the fact that the man had multidimensional features. He can separate his public life from the life he led as a family member. I was able to do it. “
Capone was three years old when her grandfather died, but she clearly showed that he read a book to her, hugged her in her lap, guided her through the villa’s yard, and clasped her fingers to point out flowers and figurines. I said I remember.
“He was a very, very affectionate person,” she said.
According to Deirdre Bair’s biography, Capone, the son of an Italian immigrant, grew up in Brooklyn and was encouraged to become a gangster as a teenager. He shines his shoes, observes the mob rocking the local merchants, and decides to start his own gang.
As an adult, he established an empire to sell alcohol during Prohibition, between 1920 and 1933, when alcoholic beverages were outlawed in the United States.
According to researchers at Harvard Business School, his strategy reflects “a destructive form of American entrepreneurship in the early 20th century.”
Capone is believed to be behind the deaths of more than 200 people, including the death of a prosecutor. The pinnacle of the gang war in Chicago between Capone and his main rival, Bugs Moran (also known as Bugs), occurred on February 14, 1929. So, I announced the attack. They ordered the men to line up on the wall and shot them.
Capone, who was on vacation in Florida, was not arrested, and some expressed suspicion that it was Capone who ordered the hit. He had never been convicted of murder, but was convicted of tax evasion in 1931 and served in federal prison for seven and a half years.
During imprisonment, he was significantly exacerbated by paresis, a partial paralysis caused by syphilis, according to the FBI.
When he was released, he was admitted to a hospital in Baltimore and then went to his estate on Great Palm Island. “He was mentally unable to return to gang-grand politics,” the FBI said.
Capone questioned the theory and said he believed his grandfather was happy to leave his previous life behind him.
She said she once explained how former associates came to visit Capone after her grandmother returned from prison. When they left, Capone’s wife heard them say, “I’m crazy like bed bugs,” Capone said.
“My grandmother said this to my grandfather, and my dad’s quote was:’Let them think about what they want. That’s my ticket,” Capone said. I did.
Sony Capone eventually removed Capone’s name and moved to California. All his daughters had a career in business and education, got married and had children, and removed Capone’s name in preference to her husband’s name.
“We weren’t trying to live a secret life,” Capone said. “We were just living a quiet life.”
Capone said she returned to her maiden name when she published a book about her grandfather based on the memories of her widow May Capone.
She said she plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the auction to a charity such as a local food bank. It was the type of charity backed by her grandfather who sponsored the soup kitchen during the Great Depression.
Capone said the dichotomy would always wonder her.
“I have no clue as to how a person can live the public life he did and become a member of the family he was,” she said. ..