Sotheby's has unveiled the auction items for 'Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra', which will take place in December. Proceeds of the sale will go to the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center.

By Daniel Herborn

Posted on November 16, 2018

The collection gives a glimpse into the jet-setting lifestyle and varied interests of the Sinatras. The pair were married from 1976 until Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998.

Items on offer include memorabilia from Frank’s Hollywood years and storied career as a crooner, as well as high-end jewellery, designer clothes and artworks, including a signed portrait of Frank Sinatra by Norman Rockwell.

The auction collection is rich with Hollywood glamour

The selections are worth a collective US$3 million and will be available for public viewings at Sotheby’s New York in late November before a trio of auctions: ‘Magnificent Jewels’ on 4 December, ‘Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra’ on 6 December and ‘Lady Blue Eyes’, which takes place online.

Frank’s Hollywood career is represented by scripts from classic films such as Ocean’s 11, On The Town, The Manchurian Candidate and From Here to Eternity. The latter comes handsomely bound in gilt calf with a marbled card slipcase and is estimated to sell for US$7,000-$9,000.

Other items include a set of golf clubs, custom-made tuxedo loafers and a satin jacket which proclaims Sinatra the coach of the ‘US Drinking Team’, which seems a relative bargain at an expected US$300-$500.

Images courtesy of Sotheby’s

Sinatra collection spans politics, pop culture and painting

Frank Sinatra was famously close with a number of US Presidents and the lot includes personalised letters from Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. Firmly in the Democrat camp as a young man, Sinatra later switched his allegiances to the conservative side of politics, a move seen here with photos of Frank with Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush.

Noted art collectors, the Sinatras amassed plaques and painted plates by Pablo Picasso, paintings by Childe Hassam and Marc Chagall and a pencil sketch lithograph by David Hockney, whose ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ is expected to fetch up to US$80 million at auction later this week.

A couple of examples from Frank Sinatra’s work as an abstract painter are also up for sale. His painting took a back seat to his other artistic pursuits, but he worked on his craft for four decades.

Brandon Coburn, who co-curated an exhibition that featured Sinatra’s painting, said: “Unlike performing, which was publicly exhilarating, painting became his favourite way to relax and restore his energy.”