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Al Capone letter showing mobster's 'soft side' sold at auction

Published 26/09/2016 | 22:31

Chicago mobster Al Capone had a softer side, it is claimed (AP)
Chicago mobster Al Capone had a softer side, it is claimed (AP)

An intimate letter that gangster Al Capone wrote while imprisoned at Alcatraz has sold at auction for 62,500 US dollars (£48,172).

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The winning bid came at an auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said Boston-based RR Auction.

The buyer was identified only as a collector from the Chicago area who wished to remain anonymous.

Auctioneers had expected the letter to fetch around 50,000 dollars.

The three-page letter was addressed to Capone's son, Albert "Sonny" Capone.

The mobster signed it: "Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85", which was his number at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

Experts say it shows that the notorious mobster who ruled gangland Chicago during Prohibition had a soft side.

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