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J Greenstein & Co. to Auction Notorious Memorabilia

(Courtesy of J Greenstein & Co.) J Greenstein and Company is set to auction the original wedding album of notorious gangster Bugsy Segal’s daughter Millicent to Jack Rosen, son of the syndicate’s Morris Rosen. Meyer Lansky can be seen in the picture walking Millicent down the aisle.

Also being auctioned is Don Rickles’ Passover plates, Molly Picon’s kiddush cup and Abba Eban’s megillah.

  1. The Original Wedding Album of Bugsy Siegel’s Daughter Millicent and Jack Rosen, September 9, 1950. New York. This original wedding photo album documents the wedding of Millicent Siegel and Jack Rosen. Millicent was the eldest daughter of Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel, who was murdered three years prior (June 20, 1947). Jack Rosen was the son of mob associate Morris Rosen. The wedding took place in the Park Lane Hotel in New York City in 1950. There are a total of twenty two (22) black-and- white photographs of the event. The most notable picture is that of Meyer Lansky (Ben Siegel’s best friend) walking Millicent to the chuppah. Notable personalities pictured include Esther (née Krakower) Siegel, Barbara Siegel (Bugsy’s other daughter), Meyer Lansky and Morris Rosen (who along with Moe Sedway and Gus Greenbaum took control of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino moments after Bugsy’s brutal murder). Pictured are also men in yarmulkes. Millicent was born in New York City on Jan. 14, 1931, where she and her sister spent their early years. Her father Benjamin and mother, Esta (née Krakower), who married in 1929, were both the children of Eastern European immigrants. Benjamin Siegel grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he became best friends and lifetime partners with Meyer Lansky and formed the Meyer and Ben gang. They eventually formed unions with non-Jews such Charles “Lucky” Luciano and were associated with Al Capone. Early money was made in bootlegging and racketeering with Louis “Lepke” Buchalter. They eventually joined with the Italian syndicate in forming “Murder Inc.” Estimate: $8,000-12,000

  2. A Pair of Matzah Plates and a Passover-Themed Teapot From the Estate of Don Rickles. Israel and England, 20th century. Each hand painted. Sold in his estate auction at Abell’s Auctions (with original tag). This lot includes the Collectors Teapot Collection Tony Carter/Bailey limited edition Shabbat table for two teapot, the underside numbered 372/98, and a set of two Yair Emanuel designed “matzah” ceramic Shabbat plates. The teapot is 7.5” inches tall and the plates are each 10.5” x 9.” Estimate $1,500-2,000.

  3. A Large Sterling Silver Cup Given to Molly Picon. Portugal, c. 1970. Handcrafted with gilding and applied colored stones. Engraved with a dedication to Molly (Feb. 28, 1898]–April 5, 1992) and Jack (Picon) on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary from Monroe Nash (Sept. 17, 1912–July 26, 1997) of the Rokeach company. Monroe Nash was the inventor of the gel-like substance that suspends jarred gefilte fish. Molly Picon was an American actress of stage, screen, radio and television. Like many stars of the time, she began her career in the Yiddish theater and film before transitioning into character roles in English-language productions. Most famous for her role as Yente in “Fiddler on the Roof,” she was also featured in “Car 54, Where Are You” with Fred Gwynne and “The Naked City,” as well as the “Cannonball Run” series of movies. 9.3” tall. Estimate: $4,000 -6,000.

  4. Abba Eban’s Megillah. Israel, c. 1970. 8.3” long. Handmade with a tubular main body. Decorated with applied wire work and filigree. Engraved Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and Abba Eban on the central diamond-shaped cartouche. From the family estate of prominent Israeli diplomat Abba Eban. As the first representative from Israel to the United Nations, Eban rose to prominence through his eloquent defense of the young nation, eventually garnering the nickname “The Voice of Israel.” Estimate $5,000- 7,000,

 

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