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Lot # 22: 1934 "John Dillinger's Manhood", Controversial Image of Gangsters Body on Display

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 38 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "June Collectors Auction 2022",
which ran from 6/27/2022 2:00 PM to
7/9/2022 8:00 PM

One of the most controversial images ever taken in the history of photography is the dead body of John Dillinger on display. Elevated in the morgue and with a blanket covering him, there is a large elephant in the room that has spawned debate for over eighty years about the size of Dillinger's manhood and whether that is what is being seen in the photo. Some claim it is actually the gigantic genitalia of Dillinger, erect and driving the blanket off his body by about a foot and a half, while others insist it is a rigor mortis arm pushing the cloth. Regardless of the truth, the debate has made this image an icon and this is the only example of this photograph that grades Vintage 1 (Type 1) we have ever seen offered for sale. Issued by Underwood and Underwood and from their archive, this is an important piece of American history offered here for the first time ever. The photo has a small rip at the top border but otherwise it is really nice.

Size: 8x10
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 3.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 8.5/10

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