Sinatra’s first driver’s license nets $15K

BOSTON, Mass. — Frank Sinatra’s first New Jersey’s driver’s license sold for $15,757 June 26, according to Boston, Massachusetts-based auction house RR Auction. Numbered “549631” and bearing a large red, centered stamping of “1934,” the license is issued to “FRANCIS SINTRA (sic)- 841 GARDEN ST. – HOBOKEN, N.J.”

Sinatra’s physical specifications read: “Age 19, Weight 130, Color W, Color Hair BRN,

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Frank Sinatra’s first driver’s license, circa 1934.

Sex M, Color Eyes BLUE, Height 5.8.” The identification card is signed in black ink by Francis Sinatra and has a December 31, 1934, expiration date. Also included in the lot is a 1940 letter to the state Commissioner of Motor Vehicles from the lawyer of a man who had been involved in a car crash with Sinatra, insisting that Sinatra’s driving privileges be revoked until he pays up.

“It’s an amazing piece that ties Sinatra to his birthplace, where he is still a home town hero of the one square mile town of Hoboken, N.J. — dating back to the days when he must have still been dreaming of making it big — here and anywhere,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
• A Gone With the Wind-era collection of correspondence between author Margaret Mitchell and a Philadelphia admirer sold for $14,087.
• Marilyn Monroe’s notated script from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, complete with dialogue changes and personal acting tips, sold for $22,689.
• An oversized portrait of Marilyn Monroe for her appearance in the gritty Asphalt Jungle, the film that helped propel her to stardom, sold for $19,718.
• A pair of production-made Wolverine claws created for Hugh Jackman’s character Wolverine in X2: X-Men United, sold for $17,304.

More information on RR Auctions and its events can be found online at www. rrauction.com.

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