Auction  December 13, 2018

Auction Highlights from Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra

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Norman Rockwell, Sinatra: An American Classic (Portrait of Frank Sinatra), 1973
Estimate $80/120,000 
Sold for $687,000

It was a fight to the very end as Sotheby’s dedicated auctions of Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra concluded last week, bringing the series total to an outstanding $9.2 million. The final sale of Lady Blue Eyes: Online – offering film & entertainment memorabilia, fine art, jewelry, books, personal accessories, glassware, and political memorabilia – anchored the series, more than quadrupling expectations to achieve $1.5 million, with 99% of lots sold.

The Sinatra’s collection of American Art performed particularly well, with three works selling for more than $300,000. The group was led by Norman Rockwell’s Sinatra: An American Classic (Portrait of Frank Sinatra), which sold for $687,000 after a four-minute bidding battle between six collectors (estimate $80/120,000). Commissioned by Frank in 1973, the portrait hung in Barbara’s Los Angeles penthouse.

Sotheby's auction of Magnificent Jewels was led by a stunning selection of jewelry from Barbara Sinatra's personal collection, with all 39 pieces selling for a total of $4.7 million. Barbara’s emerald-cut 20.60-carat Diamond Engagement Ring, which was presented to her by Frank in a glass of champagne, led the collection, selling for $1,695,000 after an intense competition between 5 bidders (estimate $1/1.5 million). Mrs. Sinatra’s signed jewels were highlighted by a sophisticated Mystery-Set Ruby and Diamond Butterfly Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, which realized $567,000–well above its high estimate of $175,000. A total of 60 pieces of Barbara’s fine jewelry collection offered across the three sales, sold for a combined total of $5 million, with every piece finding a buyer. 

Tiffany Studios, “Peony” Table Lamp, circa 1915
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Tiffany Studios, “Peony” Table Lamp, circa 1915 
Estimate $70/100,000 
Sold for $87,500

Fritz Scholder, Indian On A Blue Horse, 1968
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Fritz Scholder, Indian On A Blue Horse, 1968
Estimate $20/30,000
Sold for $43,750

Barbara Sinatra's Diamond Engagement Ring
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Barbara Sinatra's Diamond Engagement Ring, 20.60 carats, Van Cleef & Arpels
Estimate $1/1.5 million
Sold for $1,695,000

Igor Mitoraj, Centurione, circa 1986
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Igor Mitoraj, Centurione, circa 1986, number 2 from an edition of 6
Estimate $20/30,000
Sold for $162,500

Color Photograph Inscribed to Frank Sinatra by Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon.
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Four Presidents Signed Photograph. Color Photograph Inscribed to Frank Sinatra by Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon.
Estimate $10/15,000
Sold for $68,750

Hand-Crocheted Yarmulke, with Musical Note and "Frank" Border.
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Hand-Crocheted Yarmulke, with Musical Note and "Frank" Border
Estimate $200/400
Sold for $9,375

Frank Sinatra, Untitled, 1989.
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Frank Sinatra, Untitled, 1989
Estimate $2/3,000
Sold for $93,750

Mystery-Set Ruby and Diamond Butterfly Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels
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Mystery-Set Ruby and Diamond Butterfly Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels
Estimate 175,000
Sold for $567,000

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