“To my dear son, a kind son of my heart, here is a dear father who loves you with all his heart and is proud to have a son as smart as you,” Mr. Capone wrote in a letter dated October 5th. , 1939. “Kiss my mom for me and God bless you both. Your dear father, Alphonse Capone.
It sold for $ 56,700 including the buyer’s premium.
The auction was personally attended by 56 people, access to which was carried out only by lottery or by invitation. About 1,500 bidders were registered and more than 200 bidders followed the auction online or by phone.
Mr. Capone’s surviving granddaughter, Diane Capone, said in August that she and her two surviving sisters, who all live in and around Auburn, California, decided to sell the property because they got older and worried that can happen to items if bushfires in Northern California forced them to flee quickly.
“We decided it was time to part with the heirlooms and reveal a completely different side of Al Capone that most people don’t even know about,” she said in a statement. “For us, he was a dad. He was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who ran around the house playing with us like little children. He was clearly a difficult man, and this will become evident if you look at the years after his imprisonment in Alcatraz. “
It is believed that Mr. Capone was behind the deaths of more than 200 people, including the prosecutor. Although he was never convicted of murder, he was convicted of tax evasion in 1931 and served seven and a half years in federal prison. He was released from prison in 1939 when his health deteriorated due to paresis, a partial paralysis resulting from syphilis.
He died at the age of 48 from complications of stroke and pneumonia in January 1947 at his villa in Palm Island, Florida.
In addition to the California auction, Palm Island properties were recently listed for sale. The mobster’s mansion in a prestigious neighborhood on Palm Island, in Biscayne Bay west of Miami Beach, was sold in August for $ 10.75 million to Todd Glazer, a developer, and Nelson Gonzalez, an investor who planned to demolish the residence and build a modern one.