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Tony Bennett's Sinatra Family Crest Signet Ring, which sold for $50,000 ($65,000 with buyer’s premium) at Julien's.

Tony Bennett charts yet another hit with a 4X estimate sale at Julien’s

NEW YORK — Julien’s Auctions‘ dispersal of the late Tony Bennett’s personal collection made four-times its presale estimate in an enduring testimony of the music legend’s popularity more than a year after his passing. Complete results for the sale, which was held on April 18-19, are available at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale realized more than $2.1 million. Collectors from the US, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia generated more than 14,000 bids.

Items reflecting Bennett’s legacy as a global icon and civil rights activist brought top dollar. Tony Bennett’s signed Martin Luther King, Jr. letter hammered for $60,000 ($78,000 with buyer’s premium), blowing out its presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

Frank Sinatra commissioned 12 copies of his own gold pinky ring featuring the Sinatra family crest to give to close friends and family members.  The Sinatra Family gave one of these commissioned copies to Tony Bennett as a gift of thanks on the occasion of the establishment of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a New York City public high school founded by Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto in Astoria, Queens. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, it hammered for an amazing $50,000 ($65,000 with buyer’s premium).

David Hockney (b. 1937) and Tony Bennett were good friends. This still life was gifted to Tony by David, and features a black and white image printed on 24 panels of poster board mounted to backing material. The scene features a table top with a teapot, an edition of the Los Angeles Times featuring an image of Tony Bennett and Hockney’s signature dachshund in the background. Bennett had this piece prominently displayed in his living room. Estimated at $10,000-$15,000, it hammered for $22,500 ($29,250 with buyer’s premium).

Yet another gift from Sinatra to Bennett — this time, a Pasha De Cartier wristwatch — exceeded expectations. Engraved To Tony Thanks Frank A. Sinatra, the watch was anticipated at $3,000-$5,000, but hammered for an astounding $40,000 ($52,000 with buyer’s premium).