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Correction: An earlier report based on information from the U.S. Marshals Service said watches and expensive jewelry belonging to James "Whitey" Bulger were being auctioned off. Those items were actually seized from other cases and will be on the block with Bulger's possessions on June 25.
Books, furniture, clothes and others items that were seized from the Los Angeles-area apartment where Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had been hiding are going to auctioned off, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The proceeds from the sale of the stuff confiscated from the Santa Monica pad where Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig were arrested in 2011 will go to the families of the people Bulger killed or blackmailed during his infamous career.
Items found in Bulger’s London safety deposit box and taken from homes in Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts, as well as Louisiana, will also go under the gavel on June 25 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Bulger, now 86, spent 16 years on the run. In that time he accumulated a lot of cheap stuff and knock-off jewelry, including a modest coin and stamp collection.
Also on the block are items that held sentimental value to Bulger like his “Psycho Killer Skull” ring. Bids for that start at $75.
Bulger also had a knockoff 1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship ring. That’s going for $30.
Also up for auction are the couples' exercise equipment and crockery.
But perhaps the most bizarre item is cup in the shape of a rat. Bids for that start at $30.
After Bulger was convicted in 2013 of racketeering and conspiracy by a Boston jury that found he was involved in 11 murders, a spectator yelled out "Rat-a-tat, Whitey" as he was led from the courtroom.
Bulger insisted all through his trial that he never informed on anyone.