'Whitey' Bulger's personal items to be auctioned -- including rat-shaped cup

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  • Some of the items people may bid upon: A gold and diamond Claddagh ring, hats, hoodies and a replica Stanley Cup ring
  • U.S. attorney: We hope auction proceeds "will give some relief to the victims and families in this case"

(CNN)Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's electronics, furniture, art and jewelry, including a replica Stanley Cup ring, will go up for auction in June with its proceeds going to victims' families, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts announced Monday.

The items were seized from Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, at their Santa Monica apartment when they were arrested in 2011, according to a news release from the office.
    More than $800,000 in cash, 30 guns and other personal items were recovered from the apartment, according to court documents.
    A gold and diamond Claddagh ring, hats, hoodies, a replica Stanley Cup ring and a rat-shaped cup that he used as a pencil holder are among the items up for auction, The Boston Globe reported.
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    U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to auction off the items at a Boston convention center in June, according to the news release. She ordered the guns to be properly disposed of, according to court documents.
    "Our goal is to maximize the proceeds of the auction to compensate the victims of Bulger's brutal crimes," U.S. Marshal John Gibbons said in a statement Monday.
    Bulger was sentenced to two life terms plus five years in 2013 after a jury found him guilty on more than 30 charges, including federal racketeering. Greig was sentenced to eight years in prison for identity fraud and helping Bulger avoid capture in 2012.
    "Although the proceeds we obtain will never be enough to make up for the harm the victims and their families have suffered, it is our hope that this process and the restitution we will be able to distribute as a result of the auction will give some relief to the victims and families in this case," U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a statement Monday.