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Sotheby's brings to the auction table the Sinatras' Art Collection

posted onNovember 6, 2018
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Start spreading the news—this month Sotheby's will offer a rare window into the personal lives of Barbara and Frank Sinatra, through the sale of art, jewelry, design objects, and memorabilia that belonged to the famed golden-era Hollywood couple. 

Titled “Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra,” a reference to Barbara’s best-selling 2011 memoir, the sale of 300 objects will take place in New York on December 4 and 6 and online from November 27 to December 7.

Highlights of Sotheby’s sale include an eclectic mix of paintings- a 1973 portrait of Frank painted by Norman Rockwell (valued at $80,000–120,000) and works by American painters Childe Hassam ($200,000–300,000) and Walt Kuhn ($300,000–500,000).

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Childe Hassam’s 1914 oil painting Bathers and Cloud Reflections Courtesy of Sotheby's

Other gems within the collection include jewelry collected by Barbara  from Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Marina B, Frank’s personal copies of scripts from movies and furnishings from the couple’s estates in Los Angeles, Malibu, and Palm Springs.  

A selection of autographed books, awards, and photographs related to presidents spanning from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton as well as photographs with fellow Rat Pack members are also included in the sale/

Also on offer is a Pablo Picasso ceramic vase, an edition of 250 ($7,000—10,000), works by Frank himself, including a 1991 abstract composition inspired by Piet Mondrian ($10,000–15,000) and Dodie Thayer pottery lettuceware ($70,000).

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The 1938 Walt Kuhn oil on canvas, "Girl With Turban (Zuleika)"  Courtesy of Sotheby's

A portion of the proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, California, a  nonprofit organisation founded by the couple in 1986 that provides counseling and support for victims of physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse in America.

The items included in the sale will be publicly exhibited in Sotheby's New York galleries Nov. 30. The sale is expected to fetch about US$3.5 million. 

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Norman Rockwell portrait of Sinatra Courtesy of Sotheby's

Francis Sinatra (1915 –1998) was an American singer, actor, and producer who one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Barbara Sinatra (1927 – 2017) was an American model, showgirl, socialite, philanthropist, and the fourth wife of Frank Sinatra.

Upon his death in 1998, Frank left her $3.5 million in assets, along with mansions in Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Palm Springs. She also inherited the rights to Sinatra's Trilogy recordings, most of his material possessions and control over his name and likeness.