Lot 816: Original painting by Frank Sinatra in his typical geometric abstract style, oil on canvas, 35 x 32, signed in the lower right in green paint, "Sinatra 88." The minimalist painting portrays a simple dark green rectangle against a solid red-orange background. Also signed and inscribed on the reverse of the canvas in black felt tip to his daughter, "For Tina, Love 'Papa'" and "Frank Sinatra 88" [now not visible due to framing; images provided by consignor]. Handsomely framed to an overall size of 39.5 x 36. In fine condition. Originally donated by Tina Sinatra to an animal rescue charity auction and accompanied by three statements of provenance describing the history of the painting, including one dated December 1988, in part: "I submitted an original Frank Sinatra painting, green on orange, to the Motion Picture Home for their celebrity art auction. This painting was originally acquired by me at the Last Chance for Animals auction that was held at my house in the summer of 1988." It also states that the new purchaser was an Atlanta resident; a later provenance statement indicates the painting was then acquired from an Atlanta estate, and in 1998 the new owner contacted Tina Sinatra to confirm authenticity. He received a response from her assistant, in part: "Ms. Sinatra has reviewed your photographs and letter and sends the following information: She donated the painting to one of two charity organizations in the Los Angeles area: Either the Amanda Foundation (which is an animal rescue organization) or APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles). Unfortunately, it was so long ago, she cannot recall which one or even when she donated it." Excellent provenance and wonderful visual appeal.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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