What Would You Pay for John Dillinger’s Pistol?

Posted in Gadgets on July 21st, 2009
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dillinger_pistolThanks to the new film starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, John Dillinger is back in the news for the first time since his colorful life and FBI delivered death in 1934.

How is the bank robbing bad boy making headlines again? Well, actually, his pistol turned into a rather hot commodity. It is the ultimate, must have gadget for anyone interested in history, Depression era crimes, Prohibition era heroes, or just good Johnny Dillinger himself.

Unfortunately, only one person in the world can own Dillinger’s Remington .41 Doubke Derringer pistol — and they got it for the whopping price of nearly one hundred thousand dollars.

A private collector in Los Angeles won the pistol for $95,6000. Before then, the pistol went from the Tucson sheriff’s department, to probate, to the Dillinger family, and then to an anonymous buyer — whom, it is said, finally sold Dillinger’s pistol because of his failing health.