Federal prosecutors say James “Whitey” Bulger’s former possessions, including a 1986 Stanley Cup championship replica ring, are ready to be auctioned off.
According to the Boston Herald, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office filed paperwork Monday night asking a federal judge to order the auction as soon as possible, having reached a settlement agreement between Bulger’s estate and some of his victims.
The profits from auctioning Bulger’s art, furniture, electronics, clothing, jewelry, including the replica ring, “and any and all other personal property” seized from his Santa Monica, California home will be split among the families of those killed by the infamous Boston mobster, according to the Herald.
Following the 86-year-old’s sentencing to two life prison terms in 2013, The Boston Globe reported the ring from the 1986 NHL championship, won by the Montreal Canadiens, is worth $3,000.
But that isn’t the highest appraised item. According to the Globe, Bulger’s Claddagh ring, a traditional piece of Irish jewelry, is estimated to be worth $48,000. Less valuable, but also included in the items seized following Bulger’s 2011 arrest are 14 pairs of jeans, nine fedoras, a set of ceramic poodle salt and pepper shakers, a McCain/Palin campaign button, a pair of 9.5 Asic sneakers, hundreds of books, and a boxing mannequin, which Bulger propped with a hat in the window of his third-floor apartment “to make it appear as if someone was keeping watch.”
Probably for the best, prosecutors won’t be auctioning off all of Bulger’s possessions, which also included “dozens of firearms, a grenade, a stun gun, eight knives and ammunition,” as the Herald notes:
Murderabilia collectors will not find any of Bulger’s firepower up for grabs – and probably not his large supply of Gas-X – as prosecutors state they will use their “best judgment” to determine what is appropriate to offer for public consumption.
Bulger was convicted in 2013 on more than 30 charges, including 11 counts of murder, drug trafficking, extortion, weapons possession, and other crimes related his decades-long run as the head of a Boston-area mob.
According to a 2013 federal judge’s ruling, Bulger must also pay more than $25 million in restitution to victims’ families.