BOSTON (CBS) – Memorabilia from former federal agent Eliot Ness, who led the effort to take down mobster Al Capone, has been put up for auction in Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports.

The items include Western Union Messages regarding Ness’s schedule and expenses, a Christmas card signed credentials, and photos from a VIP dinner.

“The two rarest pieces are his actual credentials when he was with the prohibition department and also another set from 27 and 32,” said auctioneer Wayne Tuiskul.

The items, which were obtained from Worcester-based Central Mass Auctions from the estate of Ness’s former secretary, have been appraised at anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000.

“It’s huge for us. It’s an honor that we were selected by the consigner to bring these to public. It’s a great piece of American history and we’ll hopefully be able to sell them,” said Tuiskul.

The auction will be held September 27 and will be open to the public.

Online bidding will be available through


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