Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) was one of the most iconic and influential performers of the 20th century.
Known to his fans as 'Ol' Blue Eyes', or simply ' The Voice', Sinatra has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, making him among the biggest recording artists in music history.
He was also a renowned screen actor, winning an Academy Award for his role in From Here to Eternity, and starring in critically-acclaimed films such as The Man with the Golden Arm, The Manchurian Candidate and Guys and Dolls.
Sinatra was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.
Frank Sinatra signed and inscribed this souvenir programme on 19 July 1953 at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK, where he was performing a double bill.
The venue’s entertainment manager acquired the signature from Sinatra backstage in his dressing room. He explained to Sinatra that his son, who was in the British Army, would shortly be leaving for the Korean War. Upon hearing this, Sinatra wrote: “All the Best Son – Hope it’s over before you get there. Frank Sinatra”.
After receiving the programme, the manager’s son folded it and put it in the top pocket of his army uniform and carried it to Korea, where Sinatra’s words came true. The war was over by the time he arrived.
The single sheet programme is in delicate condition, and contains the expected folds. Sinatra’s blue ink inscription and signature remain in crisp, superb condition.
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the son, and a photocopy of the Leicester Mercury newspaper cutting detailing the son’s presence in Korea with the British Army.
Sinatra signatures and inscriptions are highly sought after. Few offer such insight into Sinatra’ personality and charm.
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