Gangster Capone’s gun up for auction

June 21, 2011

AP Staff

(Flickr/Luke H. Gordon)
Al Capone (center) in Atlantic City days before the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. His revolver goes on sale this week.

A handgun once owned by notorious gangster Al Capone is going up for sale in London this week.

Christie's auction house says the Colt .38 revolver is expected to garner between 50,000 and 70,000 pounds. (Or, between $80,899 and $113,258.)

Christie’s said Monday the gun is being sold by a private collector. The gun was manufactured in 1929, the year of Chicago's St. Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven people were slain during clashes between Capone's gang and a rival gang led by mobster Bugs Moran.

The pistol will be sold along with an original letter from Madeleine Capone Morichetti, the widow of Capone's brother Ralph, confirming the gun "previously belonged to and was only used by Al Capone while he was alive."

The gun will go under the hammer on Wednesday.