Al Capone’s gun could net $100,000 at auction
By Dan Rozek Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org June 19, 2011 8:22PM
Updated: June 20, 2011 2:16AM
It’s a unique piece of Chicago crime history: the piece once carried by legendary mob boss Al Capone.
The six-shot revolver — a .38-caliber Colt Police Special, ironically — could sell for more than $100,000 when it’s auctioned this week by Christie’s, the London-based house better known for pitching paintings than pistols.
The nickel-plated handgun is expected to be a top draw Wednesday at Christie’s auction of “Antique Arms, Armour and Collectors’ Firearms.”
The 1929 model handgun — manufactured the same year as the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre Capone is suspected of ordering — is expected to sell for between $80,000 and $112,000, according to the Christie’s website.
To confirm its authenticity, the revolver is being sold with a letter and a 1990 sworn affadavit from Capone’s sister-in-law, Madeleine Capone Morichetti.
She lists the weapon’s serial number and describes it in her 1976 letter as “a gun which previously belonged to and was used only by Al Capone while he was alive,” according to the auction house website.
Now owned by a private collector, the gun is the first Capone-related item sold by the auction house in more than a decade, a Christie’s spokeswoman told AOL News.