Dillinger's Wooden Gun Goes For Nearly $20K

Sunday, Dec 13, 2009  |  Updated 12:43 PM CDT
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A wooden gun that John Dillinger's relatives say was hand-carved by the one-time "Public Enemy No. 1" has sold for $19,120 at auction.

The artifact was one of the items put up for bid at an Arms & Militaria auction at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

The notorious Depression-era bank robber used the item to bluff his way out of a Crown Point, Ind., jail on March 3, 1934, Heritage Arms and Miltaria Director Dennis Lowe said.

A $14,340 winning bid was made for a dollar bill said to have been in Dillinger's pocket when he was gunned down in ambush by FBI agents outside a Chicago theater in June 1934.

Eleven Dillinger-related items consigned by Dillinger's younger sister, Frances Helen Dillinger, were auctioned Friday. Bids for five items failed to meet her pre-auction minimum price.

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