Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen Auction
Boston-based RR Auction offers a range of jewelry, memorabilia and other pieces of history, but currently, they’re hosting their “Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen” sale. Bids began on the 15th for multiple pieces, but most notably Al Capone’s platinum pocket watch and a silver-toned, three-headed snake ring made by Clyde Barron, one half of the infamous Bonnie & Clyde duo, himself. The watch is estimated to cost approximately $25,000 with its diamond-encrusted “AC” initialing, and the ring $40,000.
After escaping past a rain of bullet fire in November 1933, Clyde Barron and Bonnie Parker’s vehicle was seized by a group of officers headed by Sheriff Smoot Schmidt. All possessions inside—jewelry, bullets, relics and lipstick cases—were taken as well. This “Bonnie Parker Ring (3 Silver Snakes with Tiny Jewels),” recorded as so by Schmidt’s family, was among the effects.
Red and green jewels are handcrafted into the snakes’ heads, and Clyde’s personal trademark—a musical note B struck by an arrow—can be located inside the band. Among the robbed possessions, this ring stands out because of that personal trademark, marking it as Clyde’s own handiwork. Music was, in fact, one of his hobbies, an alto saxophone in hand when the duo was finally struck down. The arrow is believed to reflect either his love for Bonnie, shot directly from Cupid, or his surname (B)arrow.
Al Capone’s platinum pocket watch reflects the man’s taste for luxury. Despite his life as a renowned gangster, Capone constructed himself an image of a high-class gentleman. This pocket watch, the “AC” initialing consisting of a twenty-three diamond cut, also includes twenty-six more circling the initials, inscriptions of the serial number and company brand and stunning jewel cups and gold wheels. The original 12” chain made of 14K white gold is also a part of the sale.