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Carlo Gambino Signed Check Framed – COA JSA
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Carlo “Don Carlo” Gambino, also known as “The Godfather”, was the primary model for Mario Puzo’s novel, famously adapted into film by Francis Ford Coppola. Gambino was the long-time leader of the Gambino crime family and a key figure in the power of organized crime nationwide. He died of natural causes in 1976 at the age of 74, a testament to his ability to avoid jail time (or worse) for any crimes he or his family committed.
Presented is a check made payable to “Cash Expense” (sic) from the notorious mafia boss, Carlo Gambino. The check was signed on the signature lines by: Carlo Gambino and Henry Saltzstein, 8¼x3. The check is dated June 30, 1960. It is No. 529, drawn on the account of S.G.S. Associates at the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City.
S.G.S. Associates was a labor relations company that Don Carlo Gambino formed with George Schiller, a Russian-born businessman, and Henry Saltzstein, a convicted burglar. Gambino’s name appeared on the door of the office suite at 141 East 44th Street in Manhattan. The business, one of the few financed by Gambino and registered in his name, flourished until 1965, when constant attention from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies resulted in its closure.
The check is surrounded by visual accents including a black and white photo (12×18) of Gambino in handcuffs and a small designation plaque as “The Boss of Bosses”. The display measures 20.5″ x 35.5″.
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