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(Bloomberg) -- Pieces of Ol’ Blue Eyes are going up for sale.
Scores of items that belonged to Frank Sinatra and his wife of 22 years, Barbara, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in December.
“Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra” will include about 300 objects, ranging from books and memorabilia to jewelry and artwork. The sale is expected to fetch about $3.5 million, Sotheby’s said Wednesday in a statement.
Barbara Sinatra, who died last year, was the entertainer’s fourth wife. The items come from their California residences in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Malibu, and illustrate “the fashionable lifestyle of a beloved entertainer and philanthropist, and the home life where the couple surrounded themselves with the people and objects they loved,” Sotheby’s said. Her collection of jewelry and accessories also is for sale.
Sotheby’s will offer the items during live auctions Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, as well as an online sale from Nov. 27 through Dec. 7. Among the objects available are:
- A 1973 Norman Rockwell painting titled “Sinatra: An American Classic (Portrait of Frank Sinatra),” which is estimated at $80,000 to $120,000.
- A portrait of a woman in a green dress and red turban by Walt Kuhn, “Girl With Turban (Zuleika).” Estimate: $300,000 to $500,000.
- A 1991 abstract painting in the style of Piet Mondrian by Frank Sinatra, called “Abstract after Mondrian” and valued at $10,000 to $15,000.
- A copy of the revised final script for “From Here to Eternity,” which won Sinatra an Oscar for best supporting actor. It’s estimated at $7,000 to $9,000.
- Childe Hassam’s 1914 oil painting “Bathers and Cloud Reflections,” estimated at $200,000 to $300,000.
- Other highlights: Jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Marina B, as well as photos from Sinatra’s Rat Pack days and political memorabilia associated with U.S. presidents stretching from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.
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