Sinatra's 1st N.J. driver's license fetches $15,757

Frank Sinatra's 1934 New Jersey driver's license with his name misspelled sold for $15,757 in an online Hollywood-theme auction.
Frank Sinatra's 1934 New Jersey driver's license with his name misspelled sold for $15,757 in an online Hollywood-theme auction. (Legendary Auctions.com)
Posted: June 29, 2014

Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license, with his last name misspelled, sold for $15,757, while a collection of correspondence between G one With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and a Wyncote, Montgomery County, fan went for $14,087.

And Marilyn Monroe's annotated script from the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, complete with dialogue changes and personal acting tips, was purchased for $22,689.

The items were snapped up during a Hollywood-theme online auction, held by RR Auction of Boston, that ended Thursday night.

Sinatra's license, numbered "549631" and bearing a large red centered stamping of "1934," drew much interest from bidders. It was issued to Francis Sintra, 841 Garden St., Hoboken, N.J., but he signed it "Francis Sinatra" in black ink.

Sinatra's physical description reads: "Age 19, Weight 130, Color W, Color Hair BRN, Sex M, Color Eyes BLUE, Height 5.8." The identification card has a Dec. 31, 1934, expiration date.

Accompanying the license was 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 paid up.

"It's an amazing piece that ties Sinatra to his birthplace, where he is still a hometown hero of the one-square-mile town of Hoboken, dating back to the days when he must have still been dreaming that he would some day make it big - here and anywhere," said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction.

The Mitchell collection includes six one-page letters - four signed "Margaret Mitchell" and two signed "Margaret Mitchell Marsh" - and focuses largely on the contents of her novel and the then-forthcoming film.

Written after the release of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War novel, Mitchell's exchange with the fan provided a unique glimpse of the book's creation and characters.

She told the fan she "had every detail" of the epic in her head before setting "a single word on paper."

Another auction item, an oversize portrait of Monroe, was sold for $19,718. It was created for her appearance in The Asphalt Jungle, the gritty 1950 film that helped propel her to stardom.

The auction also included a rare pair of production-made Wolverine claws created for actor Hugh Jackman's character in X2: X-Men United. They sold for $17,304.

The online auction began June 19 and continued through Thursday. More details on the results can be found at www.rrauction.com.


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