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Wooden gun linked to Dillinger sells for $19K

December 13, 2009

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— An auction house says a wooden gun that John Dillinger’s relatives believe was hand-carved and used by the one-time “Public Enemy No. 1” to escape jail has sold for $19,120 at auction.

The artifact was one of 11 items put up for bid Saturday by Dillinger’s younger sister, Frances Helen Dillinger, at an Arms & Militaria auction at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

Heritage arms and militaria director Dennis Lowe says the notorious Depression-era bank robber supposedly used the item to bluff his way out of a Crown Point, Ind., jail on March 3, 1934.

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 an ambush by FBI agents outside a Chicago theater in June 1934.

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