The proceeds of the auction, being held by the US Marshals Service, will be distributed among the families of 20 people Bulger and his crew were accused of killing, and several of Bulger’s extortion victims.
Bidding will start at 10 a.m. on June 25 at the South Boston convention center, which is offering free admission and holds up to 1,000 people. A Texas auction house, Gaston & Sheehan , will offer a simulcast auction online. Organizers hope to stage the auction room to resemble the layout of the two-bedroom apartment where Bulger and Greig lived.
On June 24, the day before the auction officially opens, the public is invited to wander through a 9,000 square-foot room at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, where hundreds of items seized from the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment Bulger and Catherine Greig shared as fugitives — along with items recovered from a London safe deposit box and from homes in South Boston, Quincy, and Louisiana — will be on display. The preview will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There are high-ticket items, including Bulger’s gold diamond claddagh ring; a diamond ring he gave to Greig; the sterling silver “psycho killer skull ring” he bought in London; and a replica 1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship ring.
But many of the offerings are ordinary remnants of Bulger and Greig’s modest lifestyle as fugitives: cheap furniture; a 40-inch flat-screen Sony television; dinnerware; assorted knickknacks, including ceramic cats and poodle salt and pepper shakers; stacks of books, many with Bulger’s handwritten notations in the margins; and a vast collection of sneakers, hoodies, jeans and hats, including the white one Bulger wore when he was captured in California five years ago.
Some of the items expected to generate interest include a boxing mannequin that Bulger outfitted with a safari-style hat and propped in the window of his third-floor apartment to make it appear as if someone was keeping watch, and a rat-shaped pencil holder. Bulger spent much of his 2013 trial trying to refute evidence that he was a longtime FBI informant.
Donna DePrisco, a gemologist at DePrisco Jewelers who does appraisals for the FBI, appraised Bulger’s jewelry and speculated that it could fetch at least $100,000. She said Bulger’s coin collection may fetch more money if each piece is sold individually, in packets indicating it was owned by the gangster. “All of the merchandise should be sold at substantially higher than the fair market value because of its provenance,” DePrisco said.