News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Kansas City, Ks (July 7, 2006) – A ring believed to have belonged to infamous gangster and racketeer Alphonsus Capone is featured through July with Manion’s International Auction House –www.manions.com.
The design features a diamond, clutched in the beak of an eagle, with the legendary initials AC to the center. The inside surface is engraved June 22, 1926 accompanied by what appears to be the initials NB. It is stamped 14k as well and is size 8 ½.
The ring surfaced from the estate of a man in a small midwestern town. It was reportedly given to him by his father, who had lived in Chicago during the 1920s. The former owner stated it had been worn and owned by the famous criminal.
A letter stating the ring’s current circumstance, and an affidavit, both signed by the ring’s current possessor, accompany this unusual consignment.
“Everything we know about this ring checks out,” said company spokesperson John Conway. “The style is definitely1920s era, and the engraving is also specific to that time period. We requested a signed letter and an affidavit from the consigner, which they were perfectly willing to provide.”
“We don’t stay in business by taking in every item reported to have significant historical interest – in fact, we’ve tuned away similar items in the past,” said Conway. “Of course we would rather have a signed letter from Scarface himself, but this is often the way noteworthy items come to the surface.”
Manion’s auction invites interested parties to view detailed photos of the ring, as well as view the letter and affidavit, at www.manions.com/capone.html. Bids will be accepted from 7/2/06 until 7/16/06, free membership is required. For more information about bidding and consigning with Manion’s International Auction house visit www.manions.com or call 866.626.4661.