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Tony Bennett Auction: 10 Items Priced Under $200

Now is your chance to get a piece of the famed singer’s estate without breaking the bank

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Hundreds of items from legendary singer Tony Bennett’s estate will be auctioned off this week through Julien’s Auctions, an auction house that specializes in music, film and celebrity memorabilia. Advanced bidding is underway.

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Bennett, who died on July 21, 2023, at the age of 96, was perhaps best known for the 1962 hit “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” which ranks 23rd on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the most historically significant songs of the 20th century. His long career as a performer of traditional pop standards, big band music, show tunes and jazz also included art. Bennett was an avid painter, who tried to hone his craft daily. Bennett’s paintings were exhibited in galleries around the globe, and several of his pieces are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the National Arts Club in New York City. Bennett struggled with Alzheimer’s disease after being diagnosed in 2016.

“Tony Bennett’s life mirrored America’s cultural, social and political history. This is reflected in these unique and priceless items that act as markers of his life and more” said a statement by Olivier Chastan, founder and CEO of Iconoclast, an artist and brand development company that acquired and manages Bennett’s legacy. “This incredible collection speaks to Tony’s creative genius and his positive impact on others and the world.”

Though the auction has a lot of high-priced items, including a Rolex 18K Gold and Diamond Day and Date wristwatch with a bid of $27,500, there are 14 items with an estimated value of $100 to $200 each, including these 10, as described by Julien’s Auctions.

1. Enrico Caruso gramophone record

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Description: A gramophone record of Enrico Caruso “O Sole Mio” that was displayed in Bennett’s media room. The first record Bennett bought was by Caruso.

2. New York skyline sample serving collection

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Description: A sample collection of four coffee mugs, one tray and four small plates with Tony Bennett’s New York skyline motif. Each piece is marked “Sample” and ... branded “Cordon Bleu” to the bottom. Accompanied by a small rectangular dish with Bennett’s New York skyline branded “John Derian Custom.”

3. Louis Armstrong ‘SATCHMO’ laxative card

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Description: A card featuring an image of Louis Armstrong (a.k.a. Satchmo) that was used in a series of advertisements for the laxative brand Swiss Kriss. The image on the card features Armstrong seen through a keyhole sitting on the toilet with the below caption, “SATCHMO — SLOGAN (Leave It All Behind Ya).” The card is housed in a brass picture frame with an acrylic front. Armstrong reportedly had stacks of these cards that he would send and hand out to friends.

4. Orlando, Florida, live concert commemorative piece

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Description: A presentation piece given to the singer to commemorate his September 30, 2008, concert at the UCF Arena.

5. Herman Leonard signed art exhibition poster

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Description: Herman Leonard exhibition poster signed by Leonard, “To Tony / With eternal love! / Herman Leonard.”

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6. Painter’s towel

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Description: A sky blue cotton terry cloth hand towel covered with paint splatters. A Ralph Lauren label is present.

The towel can be seen resting on Bennett’s easel in (a) photo from a session with photographer Brad Trent who captured Bennett in his studio for a 2013 Wall Street Journal article.

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7. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett concert tickets

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Description: Six tickets for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s December 30 and 31 Cheek to Cheek performances at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Together with VIP passes for December 30 and 31. Accompanied by a ticket for Jazz at the Lincoln Center for Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek Live for July 28, 2014.

8. John F. Kennedy era ‘The President’s House’ matchbook

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Description: A matchbook from the John F. Kennedy era that reads “The President's House” in gold-tone lettering on the front. No matches present. The matchbook is adhered to a white matte backing.

9. Faith and Tim McGraw thank you card

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Description: A congratulatory note from Faith and Tim McGraw handwritten in calligraphy. Together with an envelope addressed to Bennett.

10. Trans World Entertainment record award

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Description: An in-house record award from Trans World Entertainment presented to the artist to commemorate his continued excellence in the world of music.

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