Monday, July 09, 2012

OWN A PIECE OF ELLIOT NESS' HISTORY - His items are up for auction


collection of credentials and memorabilia belonging to the "Untouchable" is being auctioned off this fall. It includes Ness' Department of Justice credentials dated May 14, 1932 and his Treasury Department of Prohibition credentials dated May 20, 1927.

There's also Eliot Ness' business card and a Christmas card, and campaign photographs and brochures from Ness' unsuccessful 1947 run for mayor of Cleveland.

The collection is from the estate of Ness' personal secretary, Winifred Higgins Knorr, who died in 1997. Central Mass Auctions, in Worcester, Mass. says the collection has been appraised at $30,000 to $50,000 and will be sold "as an entirety" in September.

Wayne Tuiskula, an auctioneer for the company, spotted the collection while appraising items for the "Antiques Roadshow" in July of 2010.

Ness was born in Chicago in 1903, attended Fenger High School and graduated from the University of Chicago, where he later got a master's degree in criminology. As a Prohibition agent he led a team nicknamed The Untouchables, which had a reputation that members couldn't be bribed.

Ness died of a heart attack in 1957.

You can see the collection BY CLICKING HERE.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funniest part about it is the fact the Elliot Ness went to FENGER high school.

Oh how the times have changed

Anonymous said...

The picture looks nothing like Robert Stack.

Anonymous said...

He'd shit if he went to Fenger now.....

Anonymous said...

Died an alcoholic after a fatal DWI ?

Aldo Raine said...

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that there were no savage colored folks bashing other savage colored folks' heads in with 2 x 6's after school when Ness attended Fenger.

Aldo Raine

I Voted For Obama said...

If they were alive today, Obama would be afraid of both Elliot Ness and Robert Stack.

I Voted For Obama said...

If they were alive today, Obama would be afraid of both Elliot Ness and Robert Stack.

Anonymous said...

Any fully tranferable 1921 Thompsons in that collection??

Anonymous said...

Ness lived on Kensington on the second floor over his family's bakery.