Al Capone letter showing his soft side auctioned for $62,500

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Al Capone at a football game in 1931. | AP

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — An intimate letter that gangster Al Capone wrote while imprisoned at Alcatraz has been sold to a Chicago-area buyer for $62,500.

The winning bid came Monday at an auction in Cambridge, Mass., according to RR Auction of Boston, which said the buyer is a collector from the Chicago area who wishes to remain anonymous.

Auctioneers had expected the letter to fetch around $50,000.

The three-page letter was addressed to Capone’s son, Albert “Sonny” Capone. The mobster signed it, “Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85” — his prisoner number at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

Experts say it shows the notorious mobster who ruled gangland Chicago during Prohibition had a soft side.

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