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(BOSTON) — James “Whitey” Bulger’s personal possessions will be auctioned by the U.S. Marshals Service this summer in Boston to help compensate the victims of his crimes, authorities said Monday.

The auction will also contain items belonging to Catherine Greig, Bulger’s longtime companion who is currently serving an eight-year sentence for her 2012 conviction of identity fraud and harboring Bulger while he was on the lam. She pleaded guilty in February in connection with her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury, which was related to an investigation into whether others assisted her and Bulger when they were fugitives.

In 2013, Bulger received two consecutive life sentences for running a criminal enterprise that was responsible for murdering 11 people.

The auction is set to take place June 24 to 26 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, which agreed to host the event, authorities said.

“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.

Bulger and Greig were arrested in 2011 after an anonymous tip brought authorities to their Santa Monica apartment — after years of evading law enforcement.

Bulger was also ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution.

“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.

The auction will include items seized from the couple’s Santa Monica, California apartment, and other possessions in the government’s custody. It will be open to the public and the items will be available simultaneously through an online auction, according to the Department of Justice.

The list of specific auction items was not immediately available.

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