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