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Dillinger death mask sold at auction

A plaster "death mask" cast of notorious Chicago outlaw John Dillinger's face went up for auction Thursday.

November 19, 2010 6:16:35 AM PST
A plaster death mask cast of notorious Chicago outlaw John Dillinger's face went up for auction Thursday.

The mask was made by Kenneth "Doc" Hoffman, an amateur criminologist. He actually got into the Cook County Morgue and found Dillinger's body to make the cast after he was shot back in 1934.

Chicago history buff Ed Hirshland had the winning bid, paying $3,000 for the mask, plus an additional $600 in fees.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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