Frank Sinatra's Fabergé stamps box could fly to $67,600 in Russian Art sale


2015-06-26 12:09:16


Frank Sinatra's Faberg stamps box could fly to $67,600 in Russian Art sale

Once owned by the Come Fly With Me singer, this box combines Faberg's love of art and stamps

Two gems from the House of Faberg will star in Paris auction house Rossini's Russian art sale, tomorrow (November 25).

Peter Carl Faberg (1846-1920) remains best known for his famous Faberg eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter eggs but using precious metals and gemstones.

The star lot in Rossini'swill offer collectors a rare and fascinating combination of two of Faberg's great interests: art and stamp collecting.

A rectangular, red and pink guilloche box built by Faberg to hold stamps is going under the hammer with a 40,000-50,000 estimate at tomorrow's sale.

Designed to hold stamps, this Faberg box is dated to 1899-1908

Measuring 2.5 x 3.5 x 8 cm, the rectangular box's features include a central laurel crown motif and cabochon (a polished, rather than faceted, gemstone) sapphire.

Also appearing in the sale is a classic gold and diamond Faberg egg

Within the box are three compartments, no doubt included to divide Faberg's meticulously-organised philatelic collection. The box is dated to 1899-1908.

What's more, the box boasts remarkable provenance as well as craftsmanship, having previously been owned by Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, himself.

As well as featuring in the My Way singer's collection, the box was also exhibited in the "A La Vieille Russie", New York in 1961 according to Rossini's lot notes.

It will auction tomorrow estimated at 40,000-50,000 ($67,632).

The turn-of-the-century box willsell alongside a more traditional treasure from Faberg's history: a 4 cm tall Golden egg decorated with rose cut diamonds, estimated at 13,000-15,000 ($20,290).

Meanwhile, collectors have a chance to get a taste of Carl Faberg's other hobby in New York, where a pair of stamps once owned by the artist is auctioning with a $75,000 pre-sale estimate.

Billed as one of the 'most important' Russian stamp pairs on the market and dating to 1883-88, the pair of 1k orange invert stampswill be auctioned by Cherrystone on December 16.

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