Auction house Sotheby’s said items belonging to Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara brought in nearly $9 million at auction.
The auction house reported that the final sale of Sinatra’s items, offering film & entertainment memorabilia, fine art, jewelry, books, personal accessories, glassware, and political memorabilia, more than quadrupled expectations, with 99% of lots sold.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, California, a nonprofit organization founded by the couple in 1986, which seeks to provide counseling for victims of physical, sexual and emotional child abuse.
Nine paintings by Frank Sinatra received over 250 bids, selling for a combined total of $856,250, which was seven times their combined high estimate of $120,000.
Barbara’s emerald-cut 20.60-carat Diamond Engagement Ring, which was presented to her by Frank in a glass of champagne, was sold for $1.7 million, compared to its high estimate of $1.5 million.
A Jewish skullcap with Frank’s name embroidered was sold for more than $9,000, far above its high estimate of $500.
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