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Item 125 - Frank Sinatra Catalog 431 (Jun 2014)

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Sinatra’s first New Jersey’s driver’s license, number 549631, 4 x 2.25, stamp-dated on the reverse, April 16, 1934, and signed at the bottom, “Francis Sinatra.” License lists Sinatra’s name, Hoboken address, his age, “19,” and his physical description, with a red “1934” printed in the center. Accompanied by a March 12, 1940, TLS from attorney Arthur Mullen to the New Jersey Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, concerning the case of “Kolakowski vs. Sinatra.” Letter reads, in full: “We wish to refer you to your letter of July 13, 1939, and to advise you that in the above matter, although judgement was obtained and you permitted Mr. Sinatra to use his license under a settlement agreement, that no payment whatsoever has been made since July 17, 1939 and that the sum of $7.50, is the only sum that has ever been paid. Won’t you be so kind as to revoke the license at this time until the judgement has been paid.” Traced over pencil notation to lower left of letter reads, “Total $165.00, Revoke GBS 3/16/40.” Expected soiling and scattered creasing to license, with a couple passing through single letters of Sinatra’s signature, repaired staple hole, and mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. An extremely early and scarce format, issued at the age of only 19 years old, a year before getting his first break in the music industry, winning a six-month performance contract after appearing on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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