11 Intriguing Items You Can Buy at the Sotheby’s Frank And Barbara Sinatra Auction
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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday — “Blue Thursday” arrives just in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Of course, by “Blue Thursday” we’re referring to Thursday, December 6, when auction house Sotheby’s launches, “Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra,” offering fans and collectors alike an opportunity to own a piece of the famed crooner — dubbed Ol’ Blue Eyes — and his fourth and final wife Barbara, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 90.
Sure, most of the stuff is glitzy and glamorous and likely out of your price range, but it’s always nice to look, right? And in the event you’re aiming to pick up a little piece of Sinatra for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, we’ve ranked some of the most interesting items from every price range on the auction block, from one of Frank’s paintings to jewelry, clothes, a golf bag, the most hideous set of serving dishes you’ve ever seen and more. All prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
1. Hand-Crocheted Yarmulke, With Musical Note And “Frank” Border
Estimated Price: $261 – $522
For those looking for an affordable piece of Sinatra memorabilia, this personalized, handmade yarmulke — a nod to the singer’s lifelong support of Jewish causes — is estimated to be the most inexpensive item on the docket. Whether that price gets driven up by fans who want a unique and affordable Sinatra keepsake is anyone’s guess.
2. U.S. Drinking Team jacket labelled “Coach” on the back
Estimated Price: $391 – $652
Put a t-shirt that reads “U.S. Drinking Team Coach” on some average, out of shape guy on the street and it looks tacky and lame. Put it on a tailored jacket worn by one of the most famous celebrities in the world and suddenly it’s a hilarious nod to the joys of alcoholic indulgence. According to the Sotheby’s catalogue, “Frank Sinatra had a set of these U.S. Drinking Team jackets custom made for him and a group of his closest friends. His read ‘Coach’ on the back, and the others had the last names of his friends.” Evidently the drinking buddies wore them “out to dinner, and while at leisure in Palm Springs,” but it’ll look just as good when you wear it to the post office or on trips to Costco. It’s versatile that way.
3. Giorgio Armani Velvet Evening Dress And Structured Jacket
Estimated Price: $1,305 – $2,610
With the all-black fabric and puffy cuffs this Armani evening dress and jacket combo offers a sort of “Liberace meets Elvira” look. Perhaps it’s a little much to wear to gin rummy nights at the neighbour’s house but imagine grabbing a cocktail and cozying up on the couch to watch Jeopardy! in that velvet evening dress. Smooth …
4. An Italian silver and 18 karat gold cigarette box, Bulgari, 1972
Estimated Price: $3,262 – $4,567
This is one of our favourite items on the auction block. Not only is the box elegant and stylish, but with marijuana being legal in Canada now this box makes a great place to store your stash. How classy will you look when your friends come over and you offer them a spliff from this beauty?
5. Frank Sinatra’s Personal Golf Clubs, with Customized Bag and Other Equipment
Estimated Price: $6,524 – $9,134
Frank Sinatra famously loved golfing, making this personalized golf bag and assorted items within even more of a treasured keepsake. Sotheby’s notes that the partial set includes, among other things, “8 irons and 4 woods … white leather and orange nylon Gino Paoli left-hand glove; 15 vintage gold balls, four of the First Flight balls additionally printed ‘Frank Sinatra’ and three others printed ‘The Thin One’; four unopened sleeves of Wilson Ultra 500 golf balls printed with the logo of the Frank Sinatra Invitational; a large quantity of vintage wooden tees; and a nylon wheel-board travel bag with the logo of the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational.” In other words, if you actually play a round of golf with them and knock one of those balls into a water hazard, you better be prepared to go for a swim to retrieve it.
6. Revised Final Script For From Here To Eternity (1953)
Estimated Price: $9,134 – $11,743
A number of Sinatra scripts, from The Manchurian Candidate to Ocean’s 11 are up for auction, but From Here to Eternity, which won the crooner the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, tops the list. This is a real piece of old Hollywood history and makes for a great read while sitting around in your new velvet evening dress.