The private treasures of Frank Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, sold for $9.2 million at recently held auction.
The couple’s entertainment memorabilia, art, jewelry, books and other personal items thus reached about twice their pre-sale estimates.
The highlight of Sotheby’s auction was Norman Rockwell painting of Frank Sinatra titled “Sinatra: An American Classic” sold for $687,000.
It was commissioned by Sinatra 45 years ago in 1973. Nine other paintings by the legendary crooner went for more than $850,000, against a high estimate of $120,000.
The 20-carat diamond engagement ring Sinatra presented to his fiancee in a glass of champagne fetched nearly $1.7 million, surpassing a top $1.5 million estimate.
Sotheby’s announced that portions of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.