A significant collection be offered in the second day of the auction comprises letters written by notorious American gangster Al Capone and a small archive of related material. One letter in particular, written from Chicago in 1924 and requesting the name of a bootlegger, illuminates his thinking during prohibition and his years with the Chicago Outfit (lot 560; estimate $12,000 – 18,000). Capone letters are highly rare, with examples from this prohibition period being virtually unattainable. Only four Al Capone letters have been sold at auction in at least the last 50 years, none of which feature content as compelling as exhibited here, both in terms of the time they were written and the stories they tell.
The first day of the sale will be highlighted by a fine collection of Robert Frost from the Frost family. The most notable lot is a first edition of Frost’s first book of poems (lot 218; estimate: $2,000-4,000), with a letter signed from Robert Frost to his cousin Joseph Frost.
Hindman’s Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, including Americana auction will be held November 8 and 9 at its Chicago saleroom. Bidding will be available in-person, over the phone, via absentee bid, and live online on Hindman’s Digital Bid Room. For more information and to register to bid, please visit the auction page.