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Al Capone’s Patek Philippe sells for £165,000

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A Patek Philippe pocket watch owned by Al Capone has sold at auction for $229,900 (c.£165,000), almost ten times its bottom estimate.

The platinum watch, formerly owned by the infamous Chicago gangster, is encrusted with 90 diamonds.

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Family-owned auctioneer Witherells, based in Sacramento, CA, says the pocket watch was gifted by Al Capone to his daughters in the early 1960s.

It achieved an estimate-busing price despite the watch not working at the time it was sold, and missing its minute hand.

The auction of a large range of Al Capone collectibles generated total sales of over $3 million from more than 1,000 bidders.

The most expensive lot was a Colt .45 semiautomatic pistol, described as Capone’s favorite, which hammered at $860,000 (c.£615,000).

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