LOS ANGELES, CA.-
Juliens Auctions announced Property from the Estate of Mrs. Nancy Sinatra featuring a collection of fine art, furniture & decorative art, silver, jewelry and more owned by the legendary Hollywood couple, Frank and Nancy Sinatra Sr., during their marriage as well as items collected by Mrs. Sinatra over her long life. Over 650 lots, offered for the first time at auction, will be presented on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Juliens Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com
Nancy Rose Barbato was 17 years old when she met Frank Sinatra, an 18-year-old singer from Hoboken, on the Jersey Shore in the summer of 1934. They married in 1939 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Jersey City where Frank gave Nancy a recording of a song dedicated to her titled "Our Love" as a wedding present. The young newlyweds lived and worked in New Jersey, where Frank worked as an unknown singing waiter and master of ceremonies at the Rustic Cabin while Nancy worked as a secretary at the American Type Founders. With money short, Nancy supported Frank in his fledgling career by receiving a 15-dollar advance on her salary so he could have publicity photos taken and by sewing all of his bow ties (included in the sale is one of the Sinatras' vintage Singer sewing machines). His musical career took off after singing with big band leaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, and Nancy went on tour with Frank and his band which she recalled were the happiest times of their married life. Frank and Nancy Sinatra were the proud parents of three children: Nancy Jr. (born in 1940), Frank Jr. (born in 1944) and Christina (born in 1948). In 1951, Nancy and Franks marriage ended in divorce, but the couple remained friends throughout their lives until Franks death in 1998 at the age of 82. Mrs. Sinatra devoted her life to her family, friends and philanthropic causes and died at the age of 101 on July 13, 2018. In Nancy, I found beauty, warmth and understanding; being with her was my only escape from what seemed to be a grim world, Frank Sinatra said in a 1952 interview.
Highlights of the auction include fine art collected by Frank and Nancy Sinatra during the 1940s, led by an iconic snowy cityscape by Guy Carlton Wiggins, St. Patrick's in Winter, 1943 (estimate: $60,000 - 80,000). Also purchased by the Sinatras in the 1940s, Richard Whorfs painting of a nighttime Hollywood backlot movie shoot (estimate: $3,000-5,000) alludes to Frank Sinatras thriving acting career. The auction also includes three paintings of Paris street scenes by Edouard Léon Cortès (estimate: $10,000-15,000 each); a bronze bust of Frank Sinatra by artist Robert S. Berks given by Frank to Nancy (estimate: $3,000-5,000); a Gandhara gray schist figure of Maitreya, circa 3rd/4th century (estimate: $6,000-8,000), and more.
The sale includes furniture and decorative works of art from Frank and Nancy Sinatras various homes including items from their early married life such as their twin Louis XV style carved wood headboards (estimate: $400-600); a Steinway & Sons grand piano purchased by the Sinatras in 1949, which over the years has been played on or sung next to by Nat King Cole, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, George Burns, Milton Berle, Johnny Mercer, Michael Feinstein and many more 20th century luminaries (estimate: $30,000-50,000), and an assortment of furnishings from the Sinatras famed Holmby Hills estate at 320 Carolwood Drive.
Also on offer is a significant collection of silver and silver-plate from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries featuring a magnificent pair of sterling silver five-light candelabra made by Asprey & Co. after the celebrated model originally created by the 18th century master silversmith Paul de Lamerie (estimate: $8,000-12,000). Several pieces by Tiffany & Co. are offered, including a modernist sterling silver calla lily form vase (estimate: $500-700) and a sterling silver centerpiece bowl with candelabra (estimate: $600-800). Another celebrated American silver maker is well represented in the collection with a number of items by Gorham including a sterling silver six-piece tea and coffee service (estimate: $4,000-6,000).
Other selected highlights include a Mark Cross Coracle Picnic set monogrammed with Frank and Nancy Sinatras initials (estimate $1,000-1,500), a large vintage Louis Vuitton trunk (estimate $1,500-2,500) as well as a number of books from the library of Frank and Nancy Sinatra, several of which are inscribed to them, and other collectibles.