September 28, 2021

A touch of glass: Frank Sinatra’s Waterford Crystal collection goes under hammer

An impressive collection of Waterfod Crystal owned by legendary crooner Frank Sinatra will be sold at auction in Beverly Hill today.

The legendary crooner was a big fan of Waterford Crystal. His Waterford-made collection of spirit and wine decanters were regularly wheeled out by his first wife Nancy when the couple entertained showbusiness royalty at the singer’s home.

‘Old Blue Eyes’ favourite tipple was Tennessee whiskey and ice (four cubs – no more, no less), which he believed tasted better when poured from his Waterford Crystal decanters. Waterford Crystal can contain up to 33pc lead crystal, which makes the glass softer.

Sinatra married Nancy Barbato in New Jersey in 1939. The couple had three children before divorcing in 1951 following Sinatra’s multiple affairs. Nancy died in July 2018.

Now Sinatra’s fans have the chance to bid for items which once belonged to him when Nancy’s estate, including the Waterford Crystal pieces, is auctioned off later today. Highlights include oil paintings by Sinatra which are expected to sell for between €30,000 and €40,000.

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