JOSEPH BONANNO - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 08/16/1976 - HFSID 269007
JOE BONANNO. Check filled out and signed: "Joseph Bonanno", 6x2¾. Tucson, Arizona, 1976 August 16. Check No. 1158 drawn on the Arizona Bank, payable to Radiology Ltd. for $128.00. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Rosalie Bonanno, his daughter-in-law.
Sale Price $595.00
JOE BONANNO. Check filled out and signed: "Joseph Bonanno", 6x2¾. Tucson, Arizona, 1976 August 16. Check No. 1158 drawn on the Arizona Bank, payable to Radiology Ltd. for $128.00. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Rosalie Bonanno, his daughter-in-law. Sicilian-born Joe Bonanno (1905-2002) began his U.S. criminal career as a bootlegger during Prohibition. He took control of the Brookyn-based Maranzano crime family in 1931 and helped form a "commission" to resolve disputes among Mafia families. In his autobiography, A Man of Honor: A Mafioso's Story (1983), Bonanno freely admitted involvement in some forms of racketeering but denied involvement in prostitution and narcotics, which he claimed were dishonorable. Bonanno lost control of his New York organization in a bloody gang war of the early 1960s, after which he moved to Tucson and allegedly continued his criminal activities on a smaller scale. Although he served short prison terms in the 1980s for money laundering and obstruction of justice, Bonanno attained a kind of quasi-respectability in his later years, giving generously to charity. His elaborate 90th birthday party was attended by priests, politicians and celebrities from around the country. Normal bank stamps and cancellation holes, not touching signature. Fine condition.
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