Filed under: Crimes and Misdemeanors
Recently we featured a drug kingpin's diamond-covered guns on this site but if you'd like something with a little more history for your own collection the silver-plated Colt .38 Special Al Capone bought in 1939 is up for grabs. The gun is for sale for $95,000 on MomentsInTime.com.
The listing says that Capone's personal Colt Police Positive .38 Special revolver has the Colt logo stamped on the left side, with factory-original wood grips with Colt logos in relief. The gun was manufactured in 1939, the year Capone was released from federal prison. It comes from estate of Ralph "Bottles" Capone (1893-1974). Ralph was never a big-time Chicago mobster like his brother but he did serve time for the same crime his brother went to prison for, income tax evasion. His nickname "Bottles" came from a business he ran distributing bottled water in Chicago. The brothers were close and Ralph was entrusted with some of Al's possessions, including his rosary, baptismal medal, and this pistol. After Ralph's death per the terms of his will, the gun was given to longtime friend Edmund Koeski in 1976.
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone is one of the most notorious gangsters this country has ever seen. He led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate that was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor as well as gambling and other illegal activities in Chicago during the1920s. As was dramatized in movies including "The Untouchables," Bureau of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness went after Capone, closing down many of the breweries and speakeasies Capone owned. In 1931 Capone was indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act and served time at Alcatraz among other places. He was paroled in 1939, which is when he picked up this gun and moved to his home in Palm Island, Florida. He died in 1947.
[via NY Post]