Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger's possessions fetch $100,000 at auction

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'Whitey' Bulger's possessions to going to auction

June 25 (Reuters) - Former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's personal possessions - including a pen holder designed to look like a rat and a three-carat, heart-shaped diamond ring - fetched more than $100,000 at an auction in Boston on Saturday.

Law enforcement officials sold off hundreds of items seized when federal agents captured the fugitive mobster in an apartment in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.

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Bulger, 86, ruled Boston's criminal underworld for a quarter-century before going on the lam after a corrupt FBI agent alerted him that he was about to be arrested. He survived 16 years on the run before he was finally caught with $800,000 in cash and a cache of weapons.

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Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Home decorations belonging to Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Notes written by notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are seen in the book 'Ghettostadt: Lodz and the Making of a Nazi City' during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shoes and hats belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cat mugs belonging to Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A skull ring once belonging to James 'Whitey' Bulger and being offered for auction is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy U.S. Marshals Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pictures of pets owned by belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man looks at jewelry belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A skull ring belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger is displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sweatpants belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Books belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A digital blood pressure monitor and cat book belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Stanley Cup Championship ring once belonging to James 'Whitey' Bulger and being offered for auction is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy U.S. Marshals Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Shoes, clothing, and hats belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A calendar belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger is displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Notes written by notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are seen in the book 'A Criminal and An Irishman' during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A gold claddagh ring belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger is displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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The items sold on Saturday ranged from the mundane to the unique. Three pairs of sneakers, along with a pair of black slippers and a pair of sandals, went for $210; a punching bag shaped like a man drew $4,900; and an enormous collection of books, many of them focused on World War II and the Holocaust and containing Bulger's handwritten notes, sold for thousands of dollars in all.

The white bucket hat Bulger was wearing at the time of his capture went for $6,400.

The auction ended around 2 p.m., with the final sale a floor safe for $525.

The proceeds of the auction will go to his victims, according to the U.S Marshals Service, which is overseeing the auction.

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Bulger was convicted in 2013 of either committing or ordering 11 murders, among other crimes, and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. He is in federal prison in Sumter, Florida.

The history of Whitey Bulger:

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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 6: University of Massachusetts President William Bulger, brother of fugitive Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, is sworn in before a congressional committee lead by U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform probing ties between FBI agents and mob informants, at Suffolk Superior Court House December 6, 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts. Bulger refused to answer any of the committee's questions citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The panel wanted to question Bulger about his brother James 'Whitey' Bulger, a notorious gang leader wanted in connection with 21 murders. 'Whitey' Bulger was also a valued informant who provided the FBI with information about New England cells of the Italian Mafia. (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 2: Two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) artist composite images of fugitive James 'Whitey' Bulger are shown in this handout photo released by the FBI January 2, 2003 in Washington, DC. Bulger is on the FBI's top ten most wanted fugitive list for crimes related to his involvement with the Mafia, specifically on charges of racketeering, extortion and drug trafficking. Bulger has also been charged with being involved in the murders of 21 people. (Photo by FBI/Getty Images)
View of the door of the appartment 303 of the Princess Eugenia building in Santa Monica, California, on June 23, 2011, where James 'Whitey' Bulger was arrested June 22. The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger who was living for more than 10 years, with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, under the names of Charles and Carol Gasko, on the third floor of the Princess Eugenia, a three-story, 28-unit building of one- and two-bedroom apartments near the ocean in Santa Monica. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 19: Mary Bulger, wife of William Bulger, listens as her husband testifies before the House Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill June 19, 2003 in Washington, DC. Bulger is the brother of James 'Whitey' Bulger, an organized crime figure on the FBI's ten most-wanted list. The committee held the hearing to investigate the use of informants by the Justice Department. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Mary Prang, Special Agent wit the FBI, adjusts a poster featuring fugitives Boston crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger along with his companion Catherine Greig before a news conference by Steven Martinez, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles, to discuss the arrest of Bulger and Greig at the Los Angeles Federal Building on June 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The FBI announced June 23, 2011 that Bulger was captured in his home in Santa Monica, California by the FBI after a 26-year manhunt when a tip lead law enforcement to the reputed mobster. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 24: Reporters stand outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as James 'Whitey' Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig are arraigned June 24, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. Bulger is wanted for the alleged murders of 19 people dating back to the mid 90's and Greig is wanted for harboring a criminal. Both were arrested in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday after 16 years on the run. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 24: Spectators stand outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as James 'Whitey' Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig are arraigned June 24, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. Bulger is wanted for the alleged murders of 19 people dating back to the mid 90's and Greig is wanted for harboring a criminal. Both were arrested in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday after 16 years on the run. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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His longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who lived in hiding with Bulger and who owned a number of the items up for auction on Saturday, was sentenced to eight years for harboring a fugitive. In April, she received an additional 21 months after refusing to answer questions as to whether anyone helped the couple while in hiding.

Bulger's rise to power and eventual flight were chronicled in the book "Black Mass," which was adapted into a 2015 film starring Johnny Depp as the mobster. (Reporting by Joseph Ax; Additional reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by David Gregorio)

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