Someone Paid a Pretty Penny for a Gangster's Watch

Al Capone's pocket watch went for $84K
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2017 5:47 AM CDT
Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde's Precious Items Are Sold
In this undated photo provided by RR Auction Al Capone's personally-owned and used platinum rounded triangular pocket watch made by the Illinois Watch Company is pictured.This watch is one of the jewelry or legal documents belonging and pertaining to Al Capone or Bonnie and Clyde being auctioned.   (Sarina Carlo/RR Auction via AP)

Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction. The watch fetched the most—$84,375—according to Boston-based RR Auction. The winning bidder of the watch was not identified but is a collector who has an eye for interesting American artifacts, RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston tells the AP. Capone's musical piece entitled "Humoresque," which shows Capone's softer side, sold for $18,750.

It contains the lines: "You thrill and fill this heart of mine, with gladness like a soothing symphony, over the air, you gently float, and in my soul, you strike a note." Items tied to infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde also sold, including an autographed "So Long" letter written by Bonnie Parker and signed by Clyde Barrow just before their deaths; that went for $16,250. A pair of Texas arrest warrants fetched $8,125, and Parker's silver-plated, three-headed snake ring fetched $25,000. The ring was not made by Barrow as originally believed, according to RR Auction's website. One item that found no takers: A letter written by John Gotti, the reputed head of the Gambino crime family in New York. The 1998 letter to the daughter of a mob associate urges the recipient to tell her father "to keep the martinis cold." (More auction stories.)

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