Al Capone's Favorite Colt .45 Pistol

As a notorious gangster, Al Capone had lots of enemies, including other criminals and law enforcement. This Colt .45 pistol was Capone's personal protection weapon. According to his granddaughter, he referred to this Model 1911 semi-automatic as his "sweetheart" and it was thus likely among his most used weapons. It comes to auction from his granddaughter Diane, with whom he was able to grow close while serving out a jail sentence at Alcatraz. It's joined at auction by over 100 Capone family artifacts and will be sold on October 8.

Photos: Sheldon Carpenter / Witherell's Inc

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