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1944 Elliot Ness Signed Check

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $928.00

Even crime fighters need their laundry done, as proven by this Elliot Ness handwritten personal bank check (2.5 x 6.25 inches), drawn on The Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C. The check is dated "Feb. 25, 1944," made out to "Arcade Sunshine Laundry" in the amount of $3.93, and flawlessly signed in bold black ink by Eliot Ness ("10"). One of law enforcement's most enduring figures, Elliot Ness (1903-1957) came to the attention of the public due to his high-profile battles with notorious gangster Al Capone during the 1920s and 1930s. Though it was tax evasion, and not Ness, that eventually put Capone behind bars, his efforts in frustrating Chicago organized crime are legendary. In 1935 Ness was lured by the city of Cleveland to become their Safety Director, a position established to help rid the police department of corruption. His efforts there were so successful that by the 1940s the Cleveland Police Department was a model of efficiency, and criminal activity was greatly curtailed. This check dates to the period when Ness served as a Director on the board of the Diebold Safe and Vault Corporation. Elliot Ness died in 1957, just months before his book The Untouchables was published. The book went on to become the basis for the 1960s TV series starring Robert Stack and the 1987 movie of the same name featuring Kevin Costner as Ness. The check exhibits normal bank stamping and cancellations; however, all these markings are on the verso or upper half of the check, leaving the large, clear signature completely free of all imperfections. Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $928.00

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