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Frank Sinatra license sold: Singer's first license to drive sold for big bucks

Frank Sinatra's license sold for $15,757 at auction recently despite a typographical error and the lack of a photo. The yellowed New Jersey driver's license was issued in 1934 to one Francis Sintra [sic], 841 Garden Street, Hoboken, New Jersey when Sinatra was just a teen, according to a June 27, 2014 report by Inquisitr. He was only nineteen when the license was issued, and he stood 5'8" weighing a lean and trim 130 pounds. Back then, no one knew his name. It wouldn't be until the following year that he broke into show business.

Stephen Triffitt, as Frank Sinatra and former Atomic Kitten Jenny Frost
Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images

The slightly damaged document clearly states, "This license expires December 31, 1934," so the license was expired even before Sinatra began his music career. Yet the small scrap of paper labeled No. 549631 fetched nearly sixteen grand as part of a lot that also included a letter written in 1940 to the state Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. The letter was penned by an attorney representing a driver with whom Sinatra had been in a car accident. It recommended revoking Sinatra's driving privileges until restitution was made for damages. Apparently Sinatra had already handed out a whopping $7.50 to the victim, who was requesting more money.

When Frank Sinatra's license sold for $15,757, it far exceeded the minimum bid for the lot, which was set at just $500. The high final bid for the item reflects the scarcity of the singer's signature, which appears at the bottom of the document.

RR Auction is the company that sold Frank Sinatra's license. According to their website, the auction closed on June 26 and included other items such as Marilyn Monroe's notated personal script for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, production-made claws for Hugh Jackman in X-Men 2, a collection of letters from author Margaret Mitchell of "Gone With the Wind" fame, Boris Karloff original artwork and a coat worn by Tom Hanks in the film Angels and Demons.

Although bids are no longer being accepted on the Frank Sinatra license sold by RR Auction, the description of the item can be seen on their official website.

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