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American Gangster Al Capone’s gun sells for $110,000 at auction

June 26, 2011
Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone January 17, 1899  January 25, 1947 was an American gangster who led a crime syndicate Known as the “Capones”, the group was dedicated to smuggling and bootleggingliquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.
 A handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone was sold for almost $110,000 at an auction in London.
Christie’s auction house in London said the Colt .38 revolver was sold to an anonymous bidder in the room.
The gun was manufactured in 1929, the year of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre, when seven people were killed in Chicago amid ongoing battles between Capone’s gang and a rival group.
               Despite his illegitimate occupation, Capone became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a “modern-day Robin Hood”.In the final years of Capone’s life, his mental and physical health deteriorated due to neurosyphilis, a disease which he had contracted earlier. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.
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