Synonymous with music, movies and mafia, New Jersey-born Frank Sinatra crooned his way into the hearts of millions, not to mention romantic endeavors with Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Mia Farrow and Lana Turner (to name a few). An electric performer from the 1930s until his death in 1998, Sinatra put his signature on the stage and screen for seven decades, and has literally done so on this 1973 contract. Measuring 8-1/2 x 11”, the printed and binding legal document was produced by the Directors Guild of America, Inc. and facilitates reports of entertainment earnings for the purpose of determining “billing dues.” On the appropriate line, Sinatra has signed in blue ballpoint. The penning projects (“8-9”) strength and clarity. The sheet has (2) normal horizontal compacting folds (both far from the autograph). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Ironically, Sinatra had announced his “retirement” in 1970, but couldn’t stay off of the stage or out of the limelight. In 1972 alone, he obliged President Nixon’s request to perform at a voter’s rally in anticipation of the upcoming election. By 1975, he was performing in full swing, appearing in New York with Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald, at the London Palladium with Basie and Sarah Vaughan, and in Lake Tahoe with John Denver. In all, he gave 140 performances in 105 days. From there, he released “Theme From New York, New York,” signed a $16 million three-year deal with the Golden Nugget, and never really stopped performing.
Included with this lot is a 4x5” Type I 1944 photograph depicting a young Sinatra at the microphone. On the reverse, a handwritten date reads “12/11/44” and a vintage stamping reads “photo by Gene Lester.” Lester, of course, was the West Coast Correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post form 1940-1970. The photo presents beautifully and has a paperclip impression at the upper border.