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Mussolini’s Clothes To Be Auctioned

September 16, 2011 by  

DALLAS, Sept. 16 (UPI) — The auctioneers behind the Dallas sale of clothing believed to have belonged to Benito Mussolini and his mistress said the items could fetch $15,000.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions and San Francisco-based Greg Martin Auctions, the auction houses handling the sale, said the clothing is believed to have been worn by the World War II-era Italian dictator and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, when they were captured while trying to flee Switzerland in April 1945, The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle reported Thursday.

The clothing items were inside a suitcase presented by members of the partisan resistance movement in 1945 to Army Col. Charles Poletti, and he gave the suitcase to Cpl. Paul Moriconi to dispose of as he saw fit.

Moriconi mailed the suitcase to his mother and kept it in his possession until his death in May 2010.

“If we had a dinner party or friends came over and the topic of conversation came up about World War II, he would bring them out,” said his wife, Regina Moriconi, 63, of Webster, N.Y. “People were amazed. They really were amazed.”

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  • s c

    While this topic won’t attract much attention, it does have some merit. Somewhere, there has to be a Fascist who doesn’t see Mussolini as a total waste. As I dig deeper into topics that have been ‘modified’ by historical revisionists, I come across references and details that were long ago removed or changed by inferior historians.
    I find it revealing that according to some historians, the only REAL Fascists were the Italians and Mussolini. By the way, Mussolini started his political ‘career’ as a Marxist. No wonder those wackos were pissed at him at the end of the war in Europe.
    Hitler was a National Socialist, and to include him as a Fascist violates the proper definiton. At any rate, I’m sure Mussolini’s clothes will fetch more than $15,000. A certain Austrian investor who’s heavily invested in Brazil and who includes a certain White House prez as his personal friend might be interested. We’ll see.

    • ron

      You seem to know an alful lot on the subject. Could it be you who want the clothes and a possible picture wearing instead of the prez and his so called friend? We’ll see

      • s c

        Earth to nor, can you translate those comments? I couldn’t find “alful” in my cosmic dictionary. One of us needs some strong coffee (and a hooka that’s clean). Now, what was the quextion again, bubba?


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