Al Capone’s cocktail shaker for sale

27th February, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Infamous gangster Al Capone’s cocktail shaker and a claret jug from the Titanic are among the treasures at an extraordinary auction taking place in London next week.

SEEGER1-obit-articleLargeOn Wednesday 5 March and Thursday 6 March, 1,000 objects spanning 250 million years are to be sold in London by Sotheby’s

The collection belonged to Stanley Seeger (pictured), an art collector and musician, who died in 2011 aged 81.

Although born in the US, Seeger lived for most of his life in the UK and quietly amassed an extraordinary collection of art and artefacts spanning 50 countries and several million years of condensed history.

Drinks curiosities in the sale include the aforementioned cocktail shaker belonging to Capone.

seeger-capone-2_2836063aPriced at £1,000 – £1,500, the silver shaker is engraved “To A / ’REGULAR GUY’ / From / THE BOYS / 1932“.

Also of interest is a claret jug (£2,000-£3,000), which was used on the sea trials of the RMS Titanic before its maiden and ultimately doomed voyage.

Other drinking items include a silver 18th century beer jug (£6,000-£8,000); a 15th century French drinking horn (£800-£1,200); another cocktail shaker in the shape of a rocket (£600-£900) and three 18th century signs for pubs/wine merchants (up to £1,200 apiece).

The sheer scale and diversity of the collection has caused Sotheby’s to comment that it is “one of the most ambitious and wondrous” sales it has ever attempted.

The full sales list can be seen here but for added flavour the auction includes 10 100m-year-old fossilised dinosaur eggs (£300-£500) and 200m to 250m-year-old petrified trees from the Triassic that were found in Arizona.

Other highlights include: one of Winston Churchill’s chairs; Lord Nelson’s bachelor teapot; ceramics, paintings, furniture, musical instruments, silver- and glassware; a 4th century Etruscan votive penis; gargoyles; 13th century stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral; Tibetan prayer rugs; a wooden bench from 15th century Burgundy; at least one medieval four poster bed; 7th century BC amphorae from Cyprus; a mid-Bronze Age amulet from Anatolia and 19th century Qing Dynasty vases.

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  1. Al Capone was convicted of Federal tax evasion in October 1931 and his confinement had begun in earnest by May 1932. He was therefore imprisoned at the time this alleged relic was given to him as a Christmas gift.

    Some unlucky bidder lost a small fortune on this counterfeit. $60,000, I have heard.

    There is a silver punch bowl circulating that is equally inauthentic. It is also engraved “From the Boys”, but bears the names of Capone associates who were already deceased at the time of the supposed gifting.

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