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Al Capone's 'Sweetheart' Colt 1911 Government, estimated at $2 million-$3 million at Richmond Auctions.

Al Capone’s ‘Sweetheart’ Colt 1911 .45 heads to the block for the first time at Richmond May 18

GREENVILLE, SC — Named ‘Sweetheart’ for its undeniable reliability in saving his life numerous times, this Colt 1911 Government .45 ACP semi-automatic pistol belonging to legendary gangster Al Capone comes to market for the first time Saturday, May 18 at Richmond Auctions in an exclusive single-lot sale.

The Colt dates to 1912, and is the first commercial version of the legendary 1911 platform launched a year prior for military and law enforcement use. Purchased by Alphonse Gabriel Capone (1899-1947) at an undetermined date, the three-digit serial number Colt was originally sold to the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. and shipped to Union Hardware & Metal Company on September 11, 1912. After Capone’s demise, it passed to his widow Mae Capone, who preserved it with care. Mae passed the pistol to their only child, Sonny Capone, who was an avid competition shooter. He made upgrades on his father’s pistol to enhance its speed and accuracy. Upon Sonny’s passing in 2004, his daughters Diane and Barbara Capone inherited ‘Sweetheart,’ and in October 2021, the Capone estate sold it to a private collector. Complete and documented provenance comes with the Colt.

Richmond estimates this historic firearm at $2 million-$3 million, with an opening bid of $500,000.