• Items belonging to Sinatra make $9M hit at Sotheby's auction

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    NEW YORK (AP) - The private treasures of Frank Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, were a multimillion-dollar hit at auction.

    Sotheby's reported Friday that the couple's entertainment memorabilia, art, jewelry, books and other personal items sold for $9.2 million - about twice their pre-sale estimates.

    Nine paintings by the legendary crooner went for more than $850,000, against a high estimate of $120,000.

    The 20-carat diamond engagement ring Sinatra presented to his fiancee in a glass of champagne fetched nearly $1.7 million, surpassing a top $1.5 million estimate.

    And a Jewish skullcap with Frank's name embroidered on it shot past a high estimate of $500, selling for more than $9,000.

    Some of the proceeds will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage, California, which counsels victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

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