John Dillinger remains the top-selling Public Enemy #1
Despite bids of €48k, love letters by French '#1' Jacques Mesrine fell short of his US counterpart
Notorious bank robber and Former French Public Enemy #1 Jacques Mesrine "was robbed" over the weekend.
A collection of love letters written by Mesrine to a lover failed to find a buyer, after the lot missed its €50,000 reserve by just €2,000.
The letters - penned between June 1973 and May 1979, and featuring drawings and poems by the notorious bank robber - attracted bids of up to €48,000.
Mesrine's letters are signed "Bruno", a name given to him by his lover Jocelyne, while her's are signed "Joyce". Many of the letters are illustrated with cartoons.
According to auctioneers Drouot, the highest-grossing lot at the sale of Mersine memorabilia was a gold signet ring engraved with the gangster's initials. It realised €12,392.
In contrast to the Mesrine sale, letters and memorabilia attached to John Dillinger, one-time US Public Enemy #1, sold with plenty of success last year.
A rare letter written by Dillinger while in an Indiana County Jail, in 1932, realised over $60,000 - more than 10 times its opening bid of $4,000-6,000.
Dillinger made his escape from the same County Jail on March 3, 1934, with a fake gun carved out of wood. A gun alleged to be the same wooden replica also sold for $19,120 last year.
However, never let it be said that justice is forgotten on the auction block.
The highest-selling piece of Dillinger memorabilia is a Colt Army Special revolver - used by an east Chicago Police Captain to fatally shoot the gangster in 1934.
It sold in 2009 for an astonishing $95,600.
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