Frank Si­na­tra auc­tion fetches $9.2m in New York

Muscat Daily - - OPINION -

New York, US - It was def­i­nitely ‘All’ rather than ‘Noth­ing at All’ at a Frank Si­na­tra auc­tion in New York, where items owned by the late icon and his fourth wife fetched US$9.2mn, Sotheby’s said.

And 99 per cent of the lots, spread out this week in the US fi­nan­cial and en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal, and on­line, were snapped up, at­tract­ing 300 bid­ders from more than 30 coun­tries, the auc­tion house an­nounced.

Up for grabs was fur­ni­ture, art and per­sonal ef­fects dat­ing back to the cou­ple’s 22 year mar­riage - art and fur­ni­ture from their homes in Palm Springs, Los An­ge­les and Mal­ibu - as well as scripts and screen­plays.

The top lot was Bar­bara Si­na­tra’s 20-carat di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring, given to her in the bot­tom of a cham­pagne glass, which went for US$1.7mn.

Many of the items fetched sub­stan­tially more than their pre-sale es­ti­mates.

They in­cluded a Nor­man Rock­well por­trait of Si­na­tra, which the singer com­mis­sioned, sold for US$687,000 and a script for From Here to Eter­nity, the movie for which he won an Os­car, went for US$35,000.

The USA Drink­ing Team jacket marked ‘Coach’ that Si­na­tra wore for nights on the town with his friends sold for US$35,000 - 70 times its US$500 es­ti­mate.

A po­lice badge given to Si­na­tra by Es­sex County New Jer­sey and in­scribed ‘chair­man of the board, Frank Si­na­tra’ went for a whop­ping US$18,750 and a hand-cro­cheted yarmulke em­bla­zoned with Frank’s name fetched US$9,375. Of the mem­o­ra­bilia trac­ing Si­na­tra’s friend­ship with ev­ery US pres­i­dent from Harry Tru­man to Bill Clin­ton, a colour pho­to­graph in­scribed by Ger­ald Ford, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Rea­gan sold for US$68,750.

The son of Ital­ian im­mi­grants and born in New Jer­sey in 1915, Si­na­tra was one of the best loved en­ter­tain­ers of the 20th cen­tury with hits such as Strangers in the Night, My Way and All or Noth­ing at All.

He first mar­ried teenage sweet­heart Nancy Bar­bato (1939-1949), with whom he had three chil­dren, then Hol­ly­wood stars Ava Gard­ner (1951-57) and Mia Far­row (1966-68). He mar­ried Bar­bara in 1976. She died last year.


This file photo shows Frank Si­na­tra mem­o­ra­bilia at Sotheby’s in New York on Novem­ber 30

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