BOSTON (CBS) – Items belonging to convicted gangster Whitey Bulger are selling for thousands of dollars during an auction that got underway on Saturday morning.

Proceeds from the auction will be divided among the families of people killed by Bulger and his associates and several others who were extorted.

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Items from the collection of White Bulger. (Karyn Regal/WBZ)

Items from the collection of White Bulger. (Karyn Regal/WBZ)

The auction got underway at 10 a.m. in Boston, with simulcast bidding also taking place online.

Bids went up for typically mundane items made famous by the convicted mobster.

John Kelly spent $4,900 for the mannequin that Bulger used to keep in his window.

“I liked it,” he said, adding that the purchase was for a good cause.

The money raised at the auction goes to the families of Bulger’s victims. Steven Davis’ sister, Debbie, who was murdered, attended the auction.

Among the most expensive items was a Claddagh ring that was sold for $23,000.

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Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig’s engagement ring went for $14,500 and a replica 1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring was purchased for $9,100.

A Montreal Canadiens ring that belonged to Whitey Bulger. (WBZ-TV)

A Montreal Canadiens ring that belonged to Whitey Bulger. (WBZ-TV)

Smaller items sold for less money, such as a sneaker collection. Unique items were also up for sale, such as Bulger’s rat-shaped mug that was purchased for $3,800.

Davis said he was surprised that the first item, a white bucket hat, sold for $6,400.

He says he attended the auction on behalf of his sister.

“I did it for the love of my sister, Debbie,” he said. “It’s all it’s been about. If they can give me her back, they can keep everything.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal and WBZ-TV’s Katie Brace contributed to this report.