“To my dear son, well, son of my heart, here is my dear father, who loves you with all my heart and proud to have a son as intelligent as you,” wrote Mr. Capone in the letter dated October 5. , 1939. “Give mom a big kiss for me and God bless you both. Your dear Father Alphonse Capone.
It sold for $ 56,700, including the buyer’s premium.
Fifty-six people attended the auction in person, which was only accessible by lottery or invitation. Almost 1,500 bidders 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 Auburn and surrounding areas, Calif., Decided to sell the property because they were getting older and worried about what might happen to them. the items if the northern California wildfires forced them to flee quickly.
“We decided it was time to part ways with these family heirlooms and reveal a very different side of Al Capone that most people would never imagine,” she said in a statement. “For us, he was a dad. It was a very loving and loving husband, father and grandfather who ran around the house playing with us when we were little children. He was clearly a complex man, and that’s evident if you examine the years since his imprisonment at Alcatraz.
Mr. Capone is believed to be behind the deaths of more than 200 people, including a prosecutor. Although he was never convicted of murder, he was convicted in 1931 of tax evasion and served seven and a half years in federal prison. He was released from prison in 1939 because his health deteriorated from paresis, a partial paralysis resulting from syphilis.
He died at 48 of complications from stroke and pneumonia in January 1947 at his villa in Palm Island, Florida.
Separated from the California auction, the Palm Island property was also recently put up for sale. The gangster’s mansion in the exclusive Palm Island neighborhood of Biscayne Bay just west of Miami Beach was sold for $ 10.75 million in August to Todd Glaser, a real estate developer, and Nelson Gonzalez, an investor , who had planned to raze the residence and build a modern one.