This sweetheart is going up for auction.

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Infamous gangster Al Capone's favorite pistol 'sweetheart' is up for auction and expected to fetch an eye-watering price of up to $3 million.

Prospective buyers can put offers in on the weapon at Richmond Auctions in South Carolina on May 18 with bidding starting at $500,000.

Capone nicknamed the .45 Colt semi-automatic pistol, which his family members say regularly saved his life, 'sweetheart'.

After his death, his prize gun was passed to his wife Mae, who passed it on to their son, Sonny Capone, who in turn left it to his own daughters, Diane and Barbara, after his death in 2004.

Diane and Barbara put the pistol up for auction in 2021, along with 200 of their grandfather's other personal belongings.

Sweetheart sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars more than anticipated to a private collector.

Diane told CBS at the time: 'This gun was kind of his protection and I think it saved his life on a number of occasions and so he called it his sweetheart.'

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