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Rat Pack Watches On Auction

May 30, 2009 by Administrator 

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England’s The Telegraph reports that pre-owned watches from “Rat Pack” icons Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are soon to be sold at auction. Sammy Davis’s Cartier Pasha was given to him by Sinatra and is inscribed “Sammy I Luv Ya F. A. S.”. Sinatra’s 14 carat pink gold Gruen timepiece was given to him by Al Silvani, a friend often pictured with the Rat Pack performers in the 1960s.

The same lot includes a gold chain with 12 letter-links spelling “Frank Sinatra”. Both used watches are said to be in excellent condition and full working order. Also in the sale is a pair of Sinatra’s cufflinks given to him by Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic vice president, for whom he had campaigned. Later Sinatra – known as Ol’ Blue Eyes – would change sides and support the Republican party, backing Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Julien Schaerer from Antiquorum Auctions that is selling the items in New York, said: “The watch Sinatra gave Al Silvani is gangster cool. “The two were great friends and Al Silvani appeared in several films including Ocean’s Eleven, From Here to Eternity and Assault on a Queen.

“As one of the most sought-after boxing trainers in the business, Silvani trained over 20 world champions, including Jake LaMotta and Rocky Graziano.”

The sale is to be held on June 11. Even if you live in San Diego, you can still bid online or via phone.

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