Top 10 items of macabre memorabilia On the 40th anniversary of Charles Manson receiving his death sentence, Wikicollecting.org takes a look at 10 of the most macabre items of memorabilia that have appeared at auction.
the infamous bank robber’s face, made after Dillinger was gunned down in an FBI ambush outside the Biograph Theatre in 1934, was sold by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in November 2010 for $3,660.
The mask was bought by Chicago businessman Ed Hirschland who said: "I'm a Chicago aficionado…One of the areas that's so interesting about Chicago is crime. This is such an incredible crime item."
8) Charles Manson’s fingerprint card - $3,000
A fingerprint card from Folsom State Prison, signed by Manson and displaying a complete set of his fingerprints was sold by Early American in October 2004.
The card, dated October 29, 1969, also included Manson’s height, date of birth, charge: “First Degree Murder” and final disposition: “Guilty”.
9) Yorkshire Ripper letters - £1,966
Peter “The Yorkshire Ripper” Sutcliffe had many letters sent to him by members of the public. A set of letters written by Sutcliffe in response to a letter from a woman from Birmingham was sold at an auction by Trafford Brooks in 2009 for £1966, well over their £450-550 pre-sale estimate.
10) Coronation Street Cat’s ashes - £844
The ashes of Frisky, the cat seen skulking around Weatherfield in the opening credits to popular soap opera, Coronation Street, were sold for £844 by Dominic Winter Book Auctions.
Frisky died at the age of 14 in 2000 from stomach cancer. His ashes were bought by an unknown private collector.