Parker/Barrow "Death Hats" as seen in the Hideout, went to auction!

Bonnie & Clyde's personal property was offered by Butterfields in
the June Arms & Western Americana Sale in San Francisco.

Also John Dillinger, Al Capone and Pretty Boy Floyd items

28 April 2000 --- San Francisco...Gangster memorabilia went to the
auction block in San Francisco during a two day sale Monday, June
19 and Tuesday, June 20 at Butterfields, an eBay company. The rare
and remarkable objects included (Clyde) Barrow family photos, poetry
in Bonnie Parker's hand and the bullet-pierced and blood-stained hat
worn by Barrow on the day the world's most infamous gangster couple
was ambushed by police. In the sale were also collectible antique
firearms, militaria and Western Americana.  

One of the sale highlights were the handwritten poems of Clyde's
partner Bonnie Parker.  A notebook containing several of her poems
and littered with misspellings which could bring as much as $20,000.
An excerpt from a poem titled When Bonnie & Clyde Come Home,
"A boy who loved his mother/with a girl who loved him true/
came home today forever/ there (sic) life of crime is through..."
Another poem describes a fictional meeting between Clyde and
Billy "the Kid". 
Also to be sold were sepia-tone photographs from the Barrow family photo album. One image captured Bonnie & Clyde in a romantic embrace (est. $3,000/5,000). Other images were of Clyde posing in front of one of the couple's getaway cars, of family members and associates in classic gangster garb - long coats, hats, button-down shirts and ties. One lot comprised of 19 photographs expected to bring $2,000 to $3,000. A typed document from Clyde's mother featured a description of one of her son's crimes and recounted the infamous couple sneaking past sleeping security guards during their escape. The auction also featured several items removed by authorities from the Bonnie & Clyde's automobile after the couple was ambushed and killed in a hail of gunfire in Louisiana. From the couple's funeral -- a public spectacle which included hundreds of spectators who waited hours in line to view the bodies -- went the guest sign-in book (est. $2,000/3,000) and a pair of pressed flowers from the caskets. Most of the Bonnie & Clyde property stems directly from the bank robber's family. Other gangster property offered included: * John Dillinger: the Public Enemy No. 1's blue Dunrite bullet-proof vest, which was stolen along with submachine guns, sawed-off shots guns, ammo and police badges from the Peru, Indiana Police Station in October of 1933 (est. $5,000/7,000); his red leather money bag and a collection of period newspaper articles relating to the man sold out by the "woman in the red dress" should sell for $6,000 to $8,000. * Al Capone: his ivory cigar holder expected to bring $2,000 to $3,000; a rosary used by Capone while serving a prison term; and a .38 caliber pistol owned by Capone, one of the country's most notorious mobsters (est.$4,000/6,000). * Memorabilia pertaining to Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a bank robber operating in the Midwest during the 1930s who became Public Enemy Number One the day after John Dillinger was gunned-down in Chicago. This was not the first gangster memorabilia auction at Butterfields. In 1997, the shirt Clyde Barrow wore on the day of his death set a world record price of $85,000. In 1998, Butterfields sold a John Dillinger related revolver for $25,875, and in 1999, sheets of handwritten song lyrics penned by Al Capone while serving time at Alcatraz sold for more than $10,000.

Bonnie Parker's Poems??? Auctioned...$64,000

The above auctioned notebook of Bonnie's poems, was misrepresented
as "authentic" - although through no fault of the auction house itself.
The money was returned to the collector who had won the bid for this item.

Clyde Barrow's hat...$12,650

Highlight of the sale was a typed letter from gangster Clyde Barrow stating
that one Frank Hardy was not a member of the Bonnie and Clyde gang. Barrow
signed the letter and affixed his fingerprints to prove he authored it.
This great letter (est. $30,000 - $40,000) got away for $23,100.

Estimated Value $ 50,000 - $75,000

Collectibles:Historical Memorabilia:Other Historical Memorabilia
            Currently $50,000.00                           First bid $50,000.00

            Quantity  1                                    # of bids 0 bid history 

            Time left 7 days, 0 hours +                   Location     Los Angeles
                                                          Country      USA

            Started   Apr-19-01 20:01:23 PDT 
            Ends      Apr-26-01 20:01:23 PDT 
            Seller (Rating) butterfields2 (61)    

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NOTE: although this is a "mock" layout - the "death hats" really were being auctioned at ebay!